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Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett in England Ashes squad

The Ashes: Australia v England
Test series dates: 25 November 2010 - 7 January 2011
Venues: Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney
Coverage: Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Test Match Special; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; Also live on Sky Sports

Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett
Panesar and Tremlett can both count on past Test experience

Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett have won much-coveted places in the Ashes squad to tour Australia this winter.

In an England 16 with few surprises the 11 men who played in the last Test at Lord's against Pakistan are retained.

They are joined by Sussex spinner Panesar and Surrey fast bowler Tremlett with another Surrey man, Steven Davies, taking the reserve wicketkeeping spot.

Fit-again Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell and Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan make up the party to defend the Ashes.

While there will be celebrations for them, others are sure to harbour some disappointment that their efforts have been overlooked.

Among them is Ajmal Shahzad, a rapidly improving fast bowler who made his Test debut at Old Trafford in May against Bangladesh. He did little wrong there, and also impressed in his four one-day appearances for England.

Miller explains Ashes squad choices

National selector Geoff Miller said: "He was disappointed, obviously. We felt there were a couple of areas to develop on that he wasn't quite right on."

Shahzad's Yorkshire colleague Adil Rashid, 22, is also unlucky following some excellent domestic form throughout the year across all competitions. The leg-spinner's performances were good enough for him to finish second in the Professional Cricketers' Association rankings.

Kent supporters, meanwhile, were hoping James Tredwell might have been selected ahead of either Panesar or Rashid. Instead, Tredwell joins Shahzad among 16 players named in the performance squad, a back-up group who will also be in Australia during the winter.

Rashid and Ravi Bopara are notable absentees from the cohort of supplementary players, with 19-year-old Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes one of the more interesting inclusions.

Alongside the announcement of the two squads, England also revealed the 11 players on central contracts for a year as of 1 October, and for the first time that list features Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn.

It's the million-pound question but yes, I do think that if they all perform to potential there's no reason why we can't retain those Ashes

National selector Geoff Miller

With Ian Bell keeping his contract, Eoin Morgan is the only player of the team who featured in England's last Test not to get a central contract.

Morgan, England's highest rated one-day player, is one of six players with incremental contracts. Bresnan, Bopara, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy join him among those players whose performances automatically trigger the award of a full contract if they make enough appearances for the England team.

The Ashes holders will play five Tests, starting in Brisbane on 25 November.

At 6ft 7ins, Tremlett's ability to generate steep bounce from a length makes the former Hampshire star suited to Australian wickets.

That, along with his 48 County Championship wickets in his first season for Surrey, has brought the player who took 13 wickets in three Tests against India in 2007 recognition from Miller.

Miller said: "We feel that Chris Tremlett's inclusion will add a real threat of pace and bounce to our bowling attack given the conditions in Australia. Chris will be vying for a place in the final team."


Panesar is another to have benefited from a move to a new county, with 52 wickets for Sussex. His 39 Test appearances include the eight-wicket match haul he achieved on his Ashes debut in Perth, in the 2006-07 Ashes in which England were whitewashed 5-0.

Miller said of the former Northants slow left-armer: "Monty deserves his opportunity to assume the role as England's second spinner behind Graeme Swann.

"Monty has gone away and worked on his bowling since his last England appearance and he continues to be an attacking threat with the ball in his hand."

Broad eyes centre stage for Ashes

Even if Swann is fit and able to reproduce the form that has led to his position on the shortlist for ICC world cricketer of the year, Panesar may be considered for the spin-friendly final Test in Sydney.

The selection of Davies ahead of Somerset's Craig Kieswetter comes after some strong performances from the left-hander when opening the batting with Andrew Strauss in England's one-day side.

"His glovework and batting have continued to reach new levels," said Miller.

There is, meanwhile, no surprise that out-of-form batsman Kevin Pietersen, omitted from England's limited-overs series returns to duty.

By the time England arrive in Australia ahead of three warm-up matches in early November, Pietersen would have hoped to return to form in a stint with South African side Kwa-Zulu Natal Dolphins in October.

Swann thrilled by 'dream' Ashes tour

The series will feature the usual five Tests, starting at the Gabba in Brisbane before moving on to Adelaide for the second Test and then Perth for the third.

England travel to Melbourne for the traditional Boxing Day Test and Sydney for the final match, which starts a day later than normal on 3 January.

Australia play two Tests and three one-dayers in India before fine-tuning their own Ashes squad.

After the Ashes series, England and Australia will meet in two Twenty20 internationals and seven one-dayers, leading into the 2011 World Cup on the subcontinent.

England Ashes Test squad:
Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex), Alastair Cook (vice-captain, Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Steven Davies (wk, Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (wk, Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).

England performance programme squad:
Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Hildreth (Somerset), Craig Kieswetter (wk, Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

England central contracts:
Strauss, Anderson, Bell, Broad, Collingwood, Cook, Finn, Pietersen, Prior, Swann, Trott.

Incremental contracts:
Ravi Bopara (Essex), Bresnan, Morgan, Luke Wright (Sussex), Michael Yardy (Sussex).

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