England spinner Monty Panesar is all set to ply his trade for Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club in Sydney’s Premier Cricket, Cricket Australia reported on Tuesday (August 9). The left-arm spinner has also been assigned the role of the team’s spin coach.
This is not the first time that the Ashes-winnings spinner is playing in this tournament as he has previously played for the Randwick-Petersham in 2011-12 and then turned up for the Western Suburbs in 2013-14. The 34-year old has claimed 28 wickets to his name at an average of 19.92 in the tournament including best figures of 7-29 against the club he is set to join in the upcoming season.
Delighted with the signing,Jason Ellsmore, the club secretary, said: “It’s very safe to say he’s the highest profile player at our club in at least the last 20 years. “His presence is sure to generate a lot of interest and hopefully he can win us a few games.
“I think him playing will really cement the credibility of Campbelltown and cricket in Sydney.”
The left-arm spinner, who made his debut in 2006, has represented England in 50 Test matches, 26 One-Day Internationals, and a solitary T20I. He last represented England during the Ashes Test in Melbourne in 2013. He has taken 167 and 24 wickets in Tests and ODIs respectively. He was released by Essex in 2015 for some disciplinary issues and later revealed that he was suffering from mental illness. Later he joined Northamptonshire to revive his career.