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Panesar handed England recall
England have recalled spinner Monty Panesar to their squad for the winter Ashes tour of Australia along with three uncapped players.
Panesar has not played for his country since a well-publicised incident with bouncers at a Brighton nightclub but has been recalled after a spell on loan at Essex.
Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire's former Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes are the three players in the 17-man party who have yet to play Test cricket.
Panesar was allowed to leave Sussex on loan after being fined by police for urinating on bouncers after being thrown out of the nightclub on August 5.
National selector Geoff Miller is confident the left-armer is back on the right track and said: "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.
"He appreciated the reason why he was sent home, accepted that and knuckled down. He's been selected because that's been rectified.
"He's an experienced international player and it's up to him to actually produce the goods for us. He's very prepared to let his bowling do the talking for him, so I'm prepared to accept that."
Stokes, and in particular Rankin, impressed in the recent one-day series against Australia but Miller stressed that county performances were also crucial.
Regarding Rankin, he said: "It's not just the one-day performances, he's performed very well for Warwickshire.
"That was why he got his selection for the one-dayers and he showed what he can do.
"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."
Ballance's international experience extends to a two-ball duck in a one-day international against Ireland but Miller insisted at a press conference in the Lord's Long Room: "There are no left-field selections. He's played very well for Yorkshire so it's not a left-field selection, it's considered."
He appeared to suggest, though, that Stokes was less likely to play an immediate role.
"It's not just about picking the side," he said. "You obviously pick players to win the series but we have to think about the future as well, the immediate future and a bit further on.
"He's proved over the last year or so that he's developing his game rapidly, he's an exciting prospect.
"He comes into the squad to feel the atmosphere and we know he's capable of doing a job for us in the all-rounder position."
In the battle to provide back-up to first-choice openers Alastair Cook and Joe Root, England opted for Michael Carberry over Nick Compton.
Compton made two centuries in his nine Test appearances before losing his place in the squad following a disappointing series against New Zealand earlier this year, with Root promoted up the order.
Compton, 30, was back amongst the runs this summer after returning to Somerset but that was not enough to earn him an England recall, with 32-year-old Hampshire left-hander Carberry, whose sole Test appearance came against Bangladesh in 2010, getting the nod.
Miller said it had been a difficult decision but they wanted to try to cover all bases.
"It's a selector's decision and what we've wanted is to give us as many options as we possibly can, hence the number of 17. So every option for whatever conditions," he said.
"There are obviously injuries that can happen on a tour, so to make sure that it's covered completely we needed 17 and so we've covered that and he (Carberry) has deserved his selection."
Asked what Compton had done wrong and what more he could have done to be brought back in, Miller said: "He's done partly what he needed to do, it's a difficult decision obviously.
"There are lots of players who are up for selection and don't quite make it, and they are difficult decisions but ones that selectors have to make.
"He was disappointed when I talked to him and explained the situation, disappointed not to be selected, but we can only select the ones that we think are right.
"He's not out of the picture, the door's not closed on him, which he's been made aware of."
Ballance and Root's Yorkshire colleague Jonny Bairstow keeps his place in the squad, with Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen - whose next Test appearance will be his 100th - completing the batting options.
Rankin faces competition from Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett for a place alongside frontline pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad, with Tim Bresnan travelling with the squad but not selected as he continues to receive treatment on a back injury.
Graeme Swann is the first-choice spinner ahead of Panesar, while wicketkeeper Matt Prior is present as vice-captain.
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).