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Old 14-Dec-2006
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Panesar takes five in Ashes debut

Panesar takes five in Ashes debut

Monty Panesar captured five wickets on his Ashes debut to help England bowl out Australia for 244 before struggling to 51 for two on the opening day of the third Test on Thursday.
Panesar claimed the scalps of Justin Langer (37), Andrew Symonds (26), Adam Gilchrist (nought), Shane Warne (25) and Brett Lee (10) to finish with the impressive figures of five for 92 from 24 overs and become the first English spinner to claim five wickets in a Test innings at the WACA.
Panesar was controversially overlooked for the first two Tests but was finally given his chance when the English selectors dropped the ineffective Ashley Giles. They also replaced seamer James Anderson with Sajid Mahmood.
Panesar's omission from the first two Tests appeared even more baffling when he claimed a wicket with his seventh delivery, bowling Langer with the last ball before lunch.
The left-arm spinner claimed a second scalp before tea when Symonds nicked a catch to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones and a third when Gilchrist was caught by a scrambling Bell at short leg for a duck.
Warne was also caught behind and Lee was trapped lbw, giving Panesar his third five-wicket haul in only his 11th Test and cementing his place in the team.

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