‘We’ve just got to make sure we look after’ Panesar, says Alastair Cook

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“He says he’s ready to go again and we will have to work well with him on tour”

England captain Alastair Cook has announced that he will be keeping a close eye on left-arm spinner Monty Panesar during the Ashes series as he has been involved in numerous controversies over the past couple of months.

Panesar was axed by Sussex after urinating on bouncers outside a nightclub in Brighton.

He then signed a deal with Essex, but was given a one-match ban for “potentially threatening and intimidating” behaviour.

“Clearly he’s had a tough year or so and a lot of us didn’t quite know what he was going through off the pitch,” Cook said. “It all came to light with a couple of incidents this summer but I think he’s back on the right path now.

“He will always have to work at it and the first thing was recognising he had a problem. He says he’s ready to go again and we will have to work well with him on tour. The bottom line is he’s a fantastic bowler with a great Test record.

“We’ve just got to make sure we look after him off the field. Sometimes when you’re a second spinner you’re not going to play games and it can be difficult carrying the drinks. We’ve got to get him in the right frame of mind so that if he’s called upon he’ll be ready to play. Sometimes he struggles on tour and one of our responsibilities as a leadership group is to be aware of that.”

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