Panesar: I want to play top level cricket again


Spinner Monty Panesar has come out and said that he wants to play for England again after he made a comeback to domestic cricket after taking some time out of the game since the end of April.

The 33 year-old Panesar, who has played in 50 Tests for the Three Lions, let the game earlier this year as he had some personal issues to sort out.

He has also been working with a personal coach, Neil Burns, who has helped get through some tough moments in his life. He mad his comeback into first-class cricket with Essex last week.

Panesar said: "I was unhappy about several aspects of my career and life, but I am now feeling refreshed, re-energised and refocused in becoming the best version of Monty I can be, on and off the field of play.

"I am now prioritising my well-being first and my cricket second even though cricket is a very big priority in my life. I love cricket and I love bowling. I want to play at the top level again and also, one day, coach young spinners.

"I have been fortunate to have key people around me who I trust and who really have my own best interests at heart. I am working with some very experienced people to enable me to develop the balance and inner happiness I want to have so that more possibilities in my life can open up in a good way over time."