Monty Panesar says England need fast pitches in Cricket World Cup
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Last Updated: 23/06/19 2:59pm
England should demand the preparation of faster pitches for their remaining Cricket World Cup fixtures, according to Monty Panesar.
The hosts started the tournament as clear favourites but have fallen to disappointing defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka - as well as claiming four wins - leaving them in the fourth and final semi-final spot in the group-stage table with three games remaining.
England are likely to need to win at least one of their final three games to advance to the last four, but with those matches coming against the top three of Australia, India and New Zealand, the pressure is on Trevor Bayliss' side to perform.
Former England spinner Panesar was surprised by the latest loss to Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday and wants to see the pitches prepared to suit them for the remainder of the tournament.
"I thought it was a bit of a surprise to myself," Panesar said of Sri Lanka's victory. "I'm sure everyone watching cricket, everyone feels that England are the firm favourites to win this World Cup.
"I think England play better when the pitches are just flat, fast pitches. Anything that's a slow deck… the sub-continent teams, they seem to perform better in England when the pitches are slightly slower.
"So if I was England captain or the management team, I'd be asking for either green pitches or fast pitches."
England take on Australia at Lord's on Tuesday before facing India at Edgbaston on Sunday and New Zealand in Durham three days later.
Watch England's crunch World Cup game with Australia, live on Sky Sports Cricket World Cup (channel 404) from 9.30am on Tuesday.