Cricket - Panesar handed England contract

Monty Panesar's success with the Test side over the winter has seen the Sussex left-arm spinner rewarded with an England increment contract for 2012-13.

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Cricket - Panesar handed England contract

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Monty Panesar is currently in New Zealand with the England team

Non-contracted players can earn an England increment contract via a points system and Panesar qualifies, having played three Test matches against India and a Test match against New Zealand.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "This award reflects the contribution Monty has made to the Test team during the winter and I would like to congratulate him on his achievements."

Panesar had been on a central contract but that was not renewed in 2009.

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