As suspected, England cricketer Monty Panesar has been the subject of sickening racial abuse in Australia. In the latest match against New South Wales he was apparently called ‘a stupid Indian’ by a member of the crowd. His tormentor was later removed but not before he compounded matters with a stinging criticism of the amount of swivel in the plucky slow left-armer’s delivery stride. A NSW police spokesman later said: ‘We had a pretty stern word with the bloke about what he said and can confirm that we think Monty overswivels in his delivery stride too. And Freddie Flintoff definitely did eat all the pies.’
The Australians have vowed to subject England to a barrage of nasty comments – apart from Kevin Pietersen whom they think unlikely to understand any of it.
Goodness, if this is the kind of examination England’s cricketers will have to endure, they might as well go home now.
Oops! Marcus Trescothick already has.