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Sikh spinner earns England call-up

Uncapped Indian origin spinner, Monty Panesar was selected for England's tour of India, replacing injured Ashley Giles.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 13:05 IST

Uncapped left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was added as a 16th member to England's squad for their tour of India on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced.

Ashley Giles's participation in the tour is in increasing doubt because the left-arm spinner is still troubled by a right hip problem despite undergoing surgery.

"Monty has done very well for Northamptonshire over a period of time and I am sure he will be really excited at the prospect of touring India," chairman of selectors David Graveney said on the ECB website.

The 23-year-old Panesar took 46 wickets at 21.5 runs apiece for Northamptonshire in eight county championship matches last season.

England leave for India on Feb. 12. They will play three tests, the first of which starts on March 1 in Nagpur, and seven one-day internationals.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 17:26 IST