The last county season was a forgettable one for Monty Panesar. He had to suffer a lot of problems on and off the field playing at Sussex and towards the end of the season; he was even suspended from the club because of which he had to join Essex on loan.
Panesar spent about one and half months at Essex last season and did pretty well there. As a result of that; he ended up getting selected as the second spinner for the Ashes series down under.
Almost during the same time, he signed a permanent contract for Essex which ensured that the 31 years old left arm spinner would remain at Chelmsford for the next couple of years.
Now, with Graeme Swann gone, the leading spinner’s position in the England test side is up for grabs and Panesar is well aware of it. He knows that if he puts up good performances in the initial parts of the upcoming county season, he would be able to find a place in the England side for the test series against Sri Lanka and that’s why, he is pumped up.
Talking to the reporters yesterday about the upcoming season, Panesar said, “I was here at Essex for a few weeks last season and I did have a great time. People over here greeted me very well and I was overwhelmed by that. I hope I start the new season on a good note and repay the faith that the club has shown in me.”
Panesar has already played a handful of test matches for England and has got plenty of wickets too. He has got more than 150 wickets under his belt in 49 matches, but, his main concern over the years has been his inconsistency.