That's if they think the pitch needs two spinners. If not I'd play Broad over Monty.
England probably won't make massive totals regardless of which batting line up they go with.
Their strength is their bowling and they need to ensure they bowl the opposition out for as low as possible IMO.
For the record, I am happy with Patel as a sixth batsman; I still have nightmares when I wake up in a cold sweat having remembered the way Morgan played in the UAE, and Bairstow, whilst probably the best bet in the long term is hardly a sure thing and has no experience in these conditions.
Patel will play on Thursday, that is a given. The only selection question is Finn/Broad/Onions/Panesar depending on fitness, form and pitch conditions, and I would think Onions is the likely shout.
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I think another critical point that's being ignored here is that Patel's inclusion will reduce the workload on the seamers, allowing them to bowl shorter spells and therefore - hopefully - be more effective.
Patel was picked in the squad as a batsman, he's done nothing to suggest that was wrong in the warm-ups, and talking about KP as a bowling option is on the same level as talking about Napier* as a batting option.
He's earned his place, and two seamers are, IMHO, impractical.
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The question is not who will be more effective out of Panesar and Patel, it is who will be more effective out of Panesar and the third quick.
It would depend on the pitch if I selected Monty, it would have to be pro spinner wicket, otherwise I'd go Broad. I wouldn't start Patel, regardless. One century in a warm up match won't change that or turn him into a good reliable batsman.
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