Duo recalled for Ashes
Tremlett and Panesar part of 16-man squad
Last Updated: 24/09/10 5:01pm
Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar have been included in England's 16-man squad for the Ashes tour.
"We feel that Chris Tremlett's inclusion will add a real threat of pace and bounce to our bowling attack given the conditions in Australia."
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Surrey fast bowler Tremlett played the most recent of his three Tests in 2007, while Sussex left-arm spinner Panesar - a veteran of 39 Tests - last featured 14 months ago.
Both have been rewarded for strong domestic campaigns after moving counties, Tremlett picked up 48 wickets in Division Two of the LV County Championship and Panesar 52.
The selectors have otherwise stuck with a tried and tested formula - Tim Bresnan has been preferred to Yorkshire colleague Ajmal Shahzad for the final seam-bowling spot.
Shahzad will nevertheless be in Australia as part of the Performance Programme.
Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell returns from injury, Middlesex's Eoin Morgan is retained as the seventh batsman in the party and Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies will be Matt Prior's back-up.
"We believe we've selected an outstanding Test squad for what will be a fiercely contested Ashes series in Australia," said national selector Geoff Miller.
"In order to retain the Ashes we will need to play to a very high level and we believe we've selected a squad to do just that.
"Clearly there are always difficult decisions to make when selecting an England squad and this Ashes squad was no different.
"We feel that Chris Tremlett's inclusion will add a real threat of pace and bounce to our bowling attack given the conditions in Australia.
"Chris will be vying for a place in the final team amongst a confident attack including James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn.
"We feel that following an excellent season with Sussex, Monty Panesar deserves his opportunity to assume the role as England's second spinner behind Graeme Swann.
"Monty has gone away and worked on his bowling since his last England appearance and he continues to be an attacking threat with the ball in his hand.
"In terms of the second wicketkeeper's role behind Matt Prior, Steven Davies has shown what he is capable of with Surrey and England this year, his glovework and batting have continued to reach new levels.
"There is real competition for places in terms of the batsmen with a number of excellent candidates vying for selection for the first Test. Each batsman brings something different to the squad but all posses the ability to significantly contribute to a winning England team."
England captain Andrew Strauss believes the squad is capable of defending the Ashes, which they won 2-1 on home soil last year.
"I am excited by the Test squad we have selected for the upcoming Ashes series as I firmly believe we have a number of match winners across all areas of the squad," said Strauss.
"It's exciting to have the Ashes as our sole focus from this point on and I know every member of this Ashes squad will be relishing the challenge of retaining the Ashes in Australia.
"To captain England in an Ashes series Down Under is a huge honour and something I am looking forward to with enormous anticipation.
"We realise the challenge ahead of us in Australia but it is a test we welcome and look forward to meeting head on."
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board have awarded 11 central contracts for the coming year.
Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn are handed 12-month deals for the first time as reward for some strong recent performances.
Ravi Bopara, Bresnan, Morgan, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy have been given lesser incremental contracts.
Ashes squad: Andrew Strauss (capt, Middlesex), Alastair Cook (vice-capt) (Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Steven Davies (wkt) (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (wkt) Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Central contracts: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Incremental contracts: Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Luke Wright (Sussex), Michael Yardy (Sussex)