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Panesar back in England squad for Pakistan series

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has been recalled to the England squad for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2011 22:28 IST

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has been recalled to the England squad for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sussex spinner has been out of favour since the last of his 39 Test caps to date at the start of the 2009 Ashes series.

"Monty Panesar, who has been playing cricket in Sydney recently, has been selected as the second spin option along with Graeme Swann," national selector Geoff Miller was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

"Monty's selection comes off the back of a strong domestic season with Sussex and with the potentially spin-friendly conditions of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in mind."

Panesar has a good chance of making it to the first XI as the wickets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are supposed to be soin-friendly.

Miller also added:"This is an important series, given it is our first Test series since hosting India in August this year, and we expect a stern challenge against a Pakistan side that will be accustomed to playing in the UAE."

"We believe we've selected a very strong squad with a number of key players looking to return from injury -including the likes of Stuart Broad, Eoin Morgan and Chris Tremlett."

"All three have missed a significant period of cricket recently but continue to make excellent progress and will be looking forward to having a substantial impact during this series.

"To have three world-class players of their calibre returning to the squad is an enormous boost for the Test team."