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The Ashes: Monty Panesar in England squad after drunken incident

Associated Press
Sep 24, 2013 at 08:47am IST

London: England selectors forgave players for drunken incidents by naming them on Monday in the squad heading to Australia in search for a fourth straight Ashes victory.

Spinner Monty Panesar is in the 17-man travelling party despite last month being fined by police for drunk and disorderly conduct - urinating in public following his ejection from a nightclub.

He was released by county club Sussex and has not played for England since the incident.

The Ashes: Monty Panesar in England squad after drunken incident

Panesar has been named in England's squad for the Ashes series in Australia despite recently being busted by police for drunk and disorderly conduct.

"Monty had his problems which we have worked hard to rectify," England national selector Geoff Miller said. "He is very sure those errors are behind him now and he is very prepared to let his bowling do the talking for him so I am prepared to accept that."

Allrounder Ben Stokes, who has yet to play test cricket, has been called up despite being sent home from the England development team's tour of Australia in February in disgrace over drinking incidents, after ignoring previous warnings.

Stokes impressed in the recent one-day series against Australia.

Gary Balance, a New Zealand-born batsman, and bowler Boyd Rankin are also in the touring party seeking their first England caps.

England completed a hat trick of Ashes series wins last month with a 3-0 series triumph on home soil.

Seamer Tim Bresnan is not included in the squad as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his back.

"He will travel to Australia with the squad to maximize his rehab opportunities with the medical team and coaches who will monitor his progress," Miller said.

Squad: Alastair Cook (Captain), Matt Prior, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott.

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