Cricket: Panesar hopes Essex move will help chances for next Ashes series
LONDON (REUTERS) - Monty Panesar is hoping a change of county will help his chances of gaining selection for England's Ashes tour to Australia later in the year.
The 31-year-old left-arm spinner made his debut for Essex against his old club Northamptonshire on Tuesday, a day after being released by Sussex following his police fine for urinating in public.
Panesar has been left out of England's squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia that starts on Wednesday but is desperate to return as Graeme Swann's backup for the return series.
"This is a great opportunity for me to get a handful of games for Essex and it's something I'm excited about," he told Sky Sports.