Monty zooms in for Ashes

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England have recalled spinner Monty Panesar to their squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia along with three uncapped cricketers.

Panesar has not played for his country since a well-publicised incident with bouncers at a Brighton nightclub but has been recalled after a spell on loan at Essex.

Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire’s former Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes are the three players in the 17-man party who have yet to play Test cricket.

Panesar was allowed to leave Sussex on loan after being fined by police for urinating on bouncers after being thrown out of the nightclub on August 5.

National selector Geoff Miller is confident the left-armer is back on the right track and said: “There’s a very strong management in that side to help all aspects of it.

“He’s appreciated he’s made errors and he’s very sure that those errors are behind him now.

“He appreciated the reason why he was sent home, accepted that and knuckled down. He’s been selected because that’s been rectified.

“He’s an experienced international player and it’s up to him to actually produce the goods for us. He’s very prepared to let his bowling do the talking for him, so I’m prepared to accept that.”

Lancashire’s James Anderson is in the squad, but there is no place for county colleague Simon Kerrigan, who is in the England performance programme.

AN Cook (Essex, Captain), MJ Prior (Sussex, Vice Captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), JM Bairstow (Yorkshire), GS Ballance (Yorkshire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), MA Carberry (Hampshire), ST Finn (Middlesex), MS Panesar (Sussex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), WB Rankin (Warwickshire), JE Root (Yorkshire), BA Stokes (Durham), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).

England performance programme squad: MM Ali (Worcestershire), DR Briggs (Hampshire), JC Buttler (Somerset), V Chopra (Warwickshire), BT Foakes (Essex), JAR Harris (Middlesex), CJ Jordan (Sussex), SC Kerrigan (Lancashire), AZ Lees (Yorkshire), TS Mills (Essex), J Overton (Somerset)*, SD Robson (Middlesex), RJW Topley (Essex), JM Vince (Hampshire), DJ Willey (Northamptonshire), MA Wood (Durham)*.