England captain Alastair Cook insists Monty Panesar can still play for England

Last Updated: 21/08/13 1:08pm

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Monty Panesar: Spinner has been told he can still play for England if he gets his personal life sorted out

Monty Panesar: Spinner has been told he can still play for England if he gets his personal life sorted out

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England captain Alastair Cook insists he has not yet drawn a line under Monty Panesar's Test career.

Panesar is enduring well-publicised problems in his private life and was fined by police earlier this month after urinating on bouncers at a Brighton night-spot he had been drinking in.

Sussex have since allowed him to leave the county, with Cook's own Essex side snapping the left-arm spinner up on a short-term deal.

Cook admits he has found Panesar's behaviour unacceptable, and revealed the pair have discussed the matter.

"Certainly what's happened over the last couple of weeks has been disappointing. I've spoken to him about it," said Cook.

"He actually rang me up about it which shows he knows he's done wrong and has let the England shirt down a bit.

"It wasn't the most pleasant phone call he had to make, to ring the England captain to apologise. He recognises he needs a bit of a change in his life and this is the first step towards that.

"I didn't think his problems were as bad as that. He's got to get that side of his life right because we all know how much a settled life can do for you."

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