Panesar quits Northants, joins Sussex

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London, Nov.17 (ANI): Former England left arm spinner Monty Panesar has joined Twenty20 champions Sussex on a three-year deal.

Panesar, 27, who endured a tough season with Northamptonshire, has left the county team despite having a year left on his contract.

The left-arm spinner last played for his country in the first Ashes Test, with his tail-end batting sealing a crucial draw.

Panesar, currently playing for Highveld Lions in South African domestic cricket, said: "I am extremely grateful to Northamptonshire for all their support in my career so far and also for allowing me to make this move.

"I know Michael Yardy well from rooming with him on tour.

"I am really looking forward to working under his captaincy and with the coaching staff at Hove to help the club reclaim its Division One County Championship status and maintain its premier position in the shorter forms of the game," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

"Success in this new challenge with Sussex can only improve my chances of reclaiming my place in the England standings, which is the pinnacle for any player," he added. (ANI)

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