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Recalled Panesar getting help
England hope they have thought of everything in selection and preparation for this winter's Ashes - including professional pastoral care for their errant spinner Monty Panesar.
National selector Geoff Miller confirmed, after naming Panesar in a 17-man squad also containing uncapped trio Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin, that the slow left-armer has received specialist assistance to try to arrest his unwelcome off-field behaviour.
England decided Panesar's slow left-arm was the back-up they needed in Australia to Graeme Swann's frontline off-spin, and are satisfied he is back on the straight and narrow following his brush with police for urinating on night-club bouncers in Brighton last month.
The inclusion of Panesar, released by Sussex after his drunken late-night mis-demeanour and currently employed on loan by Essex, is perhaps the most contentious in a largely predictable squad populated by a nucleus of first-choice regulars who have already helped England to three successive Ashes series victories.
Ballance's elevation as cover for England's middle order, ahead of apparent incumbent James Taylor, is the surprise element in a touring party many anticipated would involve all-rounder Stokes and giant fast bowler Rankin.
Also of note is the continued exclusion from England's plans of opener Nick Compton, dropped before this summer's Ashes to allow Joe Root to move up the order, and no longer even worthy of a place as the young Yorkshireman's deputy - that honour instead going to 32-year-old Michael Carberry.
As for Panesar, when asked if professional help has been sought and had the desired effect, Miller said: "Yes, and yes."
Hugh Morris, the England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director who shared a lunchtime press conference with Miller in the Lord's Long Room, clarified the policy was not just for Panesar but all personnel.
He said: "We try to provide different support to different players.
"Clearly that remains confidential, but you can rest assured that the support Monty needs - both on and off the field - he is getting."
Miller is convinced Panesar's issues have been addressed, and resolved.
"Monty had his problems, which we've worked hard to rectify in the last six weeks - and he has too," he said.
"He's a proven international bowler, who has shown what he's capable of doing on many occasions for us.
"There's a very strong management in that side to help all aspects of it.
"He's appreciated he's made errors and he's very sure that those errors are behind him now."
Panesar, 31, played the most recent of his 48 Tests in Swann's injury-enforced absence in Auckland six months ago and was a match-winner for England in Mumbai last year.
"He's very prepared to let his bowling do the talking for him, so I'm prepared to accept that," Miller added.
"He's an experienced international player, and it's up to him to actually produce the goods for us."
Stokes too has had to demonstrate he can put off-field problems behind him, having been sent home from last winter's Lions tour to Australia.
"We are satisfied...that's why he's been selected," said Miller.
"He appreciated the reason why he was sent home, accepted that and knuckled down.
"He's been selected because that's been rectified.
"We saw something very special with Ben Stokes, and consequently he gets the pick."
There are no such concerns about Ballance, at 23 a year older than Stokes, or 6ft 8in Rankin.
Of the former, Miller said: "We've seen a lot in his quality of play, and the way he goes about his business.
"We feel he's secure in the conditions he's going to be up against out in Australia and can cope with them."
Rankin too, one of four 6ft 6in plus bowlers in England's squad, is another who should thrive on bouncy pitches Down Under.
"He's a very difficult person to bat against - so I think in Australian conditions he'll be very, very difficult for them and a threat for us," said Miller, who went on to speak gleefully about what Australian batsmen can expect from Irishman Rankin, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad.
"We're trying to create problems for them," he added.
"What we want to do is give them as little opportunity as possible.
"We've got bowlers there we feel can give them problems...whichever ones (coach) Andy (Flower) chooses."
Graham Onions is a notable omission from England's seam-bowling contingent, but Miller points out he could always be called up from his contract with Natal if necessary.
Onions would be an obvious replacement should any mishap befall lynchpin seamer James Anderson, or if Tim Bresnan - an 18th man to accompany the squad as he recovers from a stress fracture in his back - fails to regain full fitness in time.
Miller has contacted all those deemed close but who have missed out on the chance to make history this winter.
"I would expect everyone who has not been selected to be disappointed," he said.
"The beauty from our point of view is we have a lot of players knocking on the door, and we've got to make that decision."
England squad (for the 2013/14 Ashes Series in Australia):
AN Cook (Essex, Captain), MJ Prior (Sussex, Vice Captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), JM Bairstow (Yorkshire), GS Ballance (Yorkshire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), MA Carberry (Hampshire), ST Finn (Middlesex), MS Panesar (Sussex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), WB Rankin (Warwickshire), JE Root (Yorkshire), BA Stokes (Durham), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey), IJL Trott (Warwickshire).