England spin bowler Panesar is given a new contract with the international side for 2012-13.
Monty Panesar has been rewarded for his performances for England with an incremental contract. He qualified for a new contract after the three Tests he played in India over the New Year, as well as the current Test series against New Zealand.
Panesar made his Test debut for England in 2006 against India and was awarded a central contract with the team. However he was dropped from the Test set-up in 2009 and struggled to get back in after the emergence of Graeme Swann England first choice spinner.
However, Panesar’s performances alongside Swann in India earned him the recognition as a top international bowler once again. Injury to Swann’s elbow has put him out of the current New Zealand series and has served as a further opportunity for Panesar to prove himself.
The Sussex spinner has taken 159 wickets in 45 Tests for England to date and although failed to take any wickets in his eight overs against New Zealand in the first Test, has still been rewarded with this new contract.
England drew the first Test against New Zealand, despite poor performances with the bat and ball, but both Panesar and England will have the chance to prove themselves in the second Test starting on Wednesday.