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England spin bowler released by Sussex

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Troubled spinner Monty Panesar is to leave Sussex at the end of the season after both parties agreed to relieve the 31-year old from his contract.

Panesar was the subject of an internal club investigation after it become public knowledge that the former England international had been fined by police for urinating on a bouncer during a night out earlier this month.

He will now be allowed to join a County Championship division two side for the remainder of the season before becoming a free agent on 27 September, despite having two years left on his contract.

Panesar has since released a statement issuing his regret for a "troubled year", apologising for "letting the club, my colleagues and my fans down."

He added: "I have endured a challenging time this year off the field and my frustrations have sometimes got the better of me professionally.

"I have re-engaged with Neil Burns at London County Mentoring, to help to develop my cricket further.

"I feel that Neil, along with a trusted support structure in place around me will help me put my personal and professional problems behind me and enable me to put all my energies and focus into the game and a new club."

Despite making an appearance for England since January 2012, the slow left-armer still maintains the belief he can force his way back into the test side- determined to make the plane down under as England look to retain the Ashes for a third successive campaign this winter.

"I want to give myself the best chance of playing all forms of the game at the highest level," he said.

"I am determined to do whatever it takes to gain selection for England this winter. I want to become the best I can be.

"I believe that if I maintain the bowling progress I have made in recent weeks which enabled me to be selected for the Test squad at Old Trafford, I can fulfil my long-held ambition of becoming the best spin bowler in the world, over time."

Panesar has made 48 test appearances for England, but lost his regular spot after the emergence of Graeme Swann in 2009.

It is believed the spinner wants to return to Northants where he begun his professional career.

However chief executive David Smith told BBC Radio Northampton the spinner "was definitely not coming back to the club as things stand."

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