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Panesar receives Ashes recall
Monty Panesar has been included in a 14-man England squad for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford next week.
The Sussex player has been named along with Graeme Swann as England consider fielding two spinners for the match in Manchester, which starts on Thursday.
Panesar has not played in a home Test match since 2009 when a last-wicket stand with James Anderson helped saved the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "Including an additional spinner in Monty Panesar who has plenty of international experience provides Alastair Cook and Andy Flower with a number of options.”
The 31-year-old starred in England's historic series victory in India during the winter but struggled in the drawn series in New Zealand.
He took just nine wickets in the opening six Championship matches of the season for Sussex and was dropped for the match against Middlesex at Lord's at the start of June to recover from a persistent shoulder problem and to also work on his action.
The break seems to have had the desired effect with Panesar taking 12 wickets in his last four matches, including five-wicket hauls against Surrey and Middlesex.
Coach Mark Robinson stated he thought England would play two spinners at Old Trafford ahead of Sussex's tour match against Australia this week and that Panesar was still No.2 behind Swann.
It is still not certain the former Northants spinner will play in Manchester or whether England will stick with their tactic of playing three seamers which has taken them into a 2-0 lead in the Ashes.
One factor in Panesar's favour is his previous record at Old Trafford where he has taken 25 wickets in three Test at an average of 16.
If the left-armer is picked then it will mean he will miss Sussex's vital Championship clash with Derbyshire at Hove, which starts on Friday. If he is not selected he will be able to rush back from Manchester to play.
Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor, who is currently guesting for Sussex against Australia, is also included in the 14-man squad as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen if he does not recover from a calf injury.
Stephen Finn has been left out with Chris Tremlett called up in his place. Sussex's Matt Prior is also included for a match Australia must win if they are to retain any hope of winning the Ashes.
Squad: Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).
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