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14 December 2006 PR 06/140

Monty justifies selection in explosive style

Loughborough Sports Scholar Monty Panesar has started his Ashes career in fine style, taking five wickets for 92 runs in the third test in Perth.

Australia were bowled out for 244 in the first innings, and former Loughborough student Panesar was key to the bowling attack, toppling opening batsman Justin Langer and following up with a run of four consecutive wickets to get England off to a flying start.

Monty, who studied a degree in Computer Science, came to Loughborough in 2001-02 and was a key member of the Loughborough UCCE (University Centre of Cricket Excellence) squad, and also represented English and British Universities, MCC and Northamptonshire in his time as a student.

Stints in the National Cricket Academy based on the Loughborough campus, and the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide led to his test debut in February 2006 in India. He took three wickets on that tour including that of leading world batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

He replaced fellow spinner Ashley Giles in the Ashes test side with immediate impact. He took Langer for 37, and his other victims included Symonds (26), Adam Gilchrist (0), Shane Warne (25) and Brett Lee (10).

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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