Cook: Panesar let the England shirt down

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Captain Alastair Cook has insisted spinner Monty Panesar can earn a recall to the England Test team later this year.

Captain Alastair Cook has insisted spinner Monty Panesar can earn a recall to the England Test team later this year.

Panesar was fined by Brighton police after urinating on security guards outside a nightclub earlier this month, and was subsequently released from his Sussex contract on disciplinary grounds.

"Certainly what's happened over the last couple of weeks has been disappointing. I've spoken to him about it. He actually rang me up about it which shows he knows he has done wrong and has let the England shirt down a bit," said Cook.

"It wasn't the most pleasant phone call he had to make, to ring the England captain to apologise. He recognises he needs a bit of a change in his life and this is the first step towards that.

"I didn't think his problems were as bad as that, but he has got to get that side of his life right because we all know how much a settled life can do for you. The door is certainly not shut on him but he knows what he has to do to get back."

The 31-year-old Panesar has taken 164 wickets in 48 Test matches at an average of 33.78, and was particularly prolific during the series in India late last year, which included a career-best of 11 for 121 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

"We all know the class he has as a bowler. We have seen what he can do time and time again so he has to go back to the basics and does what he does best, taking wickets. If he does that, all the better for me," added Cook.

"The bottom line is we need Monty bowling again the way we know he can bowl, as he did in India. The way back for him is wickets. We know the record he has in international cricket and we know his pedigree. We need to see him doing it again and hopefully he will be doing that at Essex."

Left-arm spinner Kerrigan, meanwhile, has graduated to the international fold on the back of an outstanding 2013 County Championship Division Two campaign, clinching 47 wickets in 10 matches at the impressive average of 20.23.

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