Panesar included in Ashes squad

Panesar included in Ashes squad

England recalled troubled left-arm spinner Monty Panesar on Monday and named three uncapped players in a 17-man squad for the return Ashes Test series in Australia that starts in November.

Panesar, fined by police in August for urinating in public, has been England's back-up slow bowler in recent years but has been overlooked since winning his 48th Test cap against New Zealand in March.

Lancashire left-armer Simon Kerrigan was picked alongside Graeme Swann for the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval last month.

"There is a very strong management in that side to help all aspects of it. He (Panesar) appreciates he has made errors and he is very sure those errors are behind him," national selector Geoff Miller told reporters.

"He is very prepared to let his bowling to do the talking for himself. I am prepared to accept that,’’ he added.

Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire pace bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, yet to play in the longer format, were also selected on Monday.
Squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Ro­ot, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Gra­eme Swann, James Anderson, Jonny Bai­r­stow, Monty Panesar, Gary Balla­nce, Michael Carberry, Boyd Rankin, Ste­ven Finn, Ben Stokes, Chris Tremlett.

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