English board pardons Monty, picks him in Ashes Squad
England selectors forgave players for drunken incidents by including them on Monday in the squad heading to Australia in search for a fourth straight Ashes victory.cricket Updated: Sep 24, 2013 01:27 IST
England selectors forgave players for drunken incidents by including them on Monday in the squad heading to Australia in search for a fourth straight Ashes victory.
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.
Panesar was released by county club Sussex and has not played for England since the incident, but is now likely to be the second-choice spinner behind Graeme Swann.
“Monty had his problems which we have worked hard to rectify,” England national selector Geoff Miller said.
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 Ballance, a New Zealand-born batsman, and bowler Boyd Rankin are also in the touring party seeking their first England caps.
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.