Monty Panesar handed England increment contract

The ECB offers additional 12-month contracts, known as increment contracts, to players who are involved in international squads but are not established as key figures in the Test team.

updated: March 07, 2013 19:50 IST
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London: Spinner Monty Panesar was given an England increment contract for 2012-13 on Thursday as a reward for his fine recent form.

The Sussex left-armer was previously on a central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until 2009 when his deal was not renewed.

However, he made a huge impact in the historic series win in India before Christmas and his value to the national team was further highlighted this week when Graeme Swann had to pull out of the Test series in New Zealand to have surgery on his elbow.

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