Essex secure Panesar deal

England spin bowler Monty Panesar has signed for Essex.
England spin bowler Monty Panesar has signed for Essex. Credit: PA

Essex have completed the signing of England spin bowler Monty Panesar on a two-year deal.

Panesar, who's currently with the England squad in Australia ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, enjoyed a successful loan spell with the county last season.

During that time, the 31-year-old took 14 wickets in six LV= County Championship games.

Speaking to the club's official website, Panesar said that his previous positive experience with Essex had been pivotal in his decision:

"I loved playing for Essex last season. In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the Club.

"I will always remember how the supporters and members gave me a heart-warming round of applause when I first came on to bowl for them at Colchester last August. It helped me to feel respected and loved as a cricketer after experiencing a challenging time in my life.

"I am determined to play my part in inspiring the team to be successful in all competitions. I want to help the club build towards the kind of success they enjoyed in its glory days under legendary captains Keith Fletcher and Graham Gooch."

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