Monty Panesar credits Ryan Giggs and yoga for his Ashes inclusion
Twelve wickets in 5 matches by the left-arm spinner at an economy rate of 2.49 at Essex on loan gave the selectors enough confidence for an Ashes inclusion. Monty Panesar though highlights meditation and Ryan Giggs as his inspirations to fightback from the dumps.
Monty Panesar's international cricket career might have looked to be 'fading into the twilight' after a string of below-par performances, the 'watergate' scandal and marriage break-up. Selection for the return Ashes in Australia in November-January, however, has given the tall left-arm spinner a new lease of life.
"Absolutely thrilled to be in Ashes squad", was what Monty tweeted after the announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
It wasn't long ago that Monty was released by his County Sussex after being fined by the police for urinating on club bouncers. Essex though gave him a lifeline by grabbing him on loan.
Twelve wickets in 5 matches at an economy rate of 2.49 over there, and selectors gained enough confidence for an Ashes inclusion. Monty though highlights mediation and Ryan Giggs as his inspirations to fightback from the dumps.
"I do a lot of yoga, on a daily basis, to keep my mind and body fresh.
"I read Ryan Giggs does yoga and I thought, 'If it's good enough for one of the greatest Premier League footballers, there must be something in it'," Monty told mirror.co.uk.
His 38 wickets in first-class cricket this summer have have come at 37.97 apiece but Simon Kerrigan's failure to impress on debut and James Tredwell, who is more suited to the shorter formats, could not catch the selectors' attention.
Also fresh in selectors' mind was the effect that Monty had on England's tour of India, where the visitors won the series 2-1 and his 17 wickets at 26.82 went a long way in dismantling the home side.
"Where England are concerned, I've always had the same mindset: I've got to make sure I'm bowling well, my rhythm is good and I am equipped to deal with any situation," said Monty.