County news August 31, 2011

Wright undergoes knee surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Luke Wright, the England allrounder, has undergone knee surgery in Sweden on the injury that curtailed his 2011 season and his recovery will take until Christmas.

He had been out of action since mid-July and after trying various methods, including injections, to recover it was decided that surgery was the only option. "He's been around the ground, watching, but is missing cricket and is a bit bored and a bit frustrated," Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach, told local radio.

Wright played in England's Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka, at Bristol, earlier in the season but had drifted out of the ODI side following the World Cup and it is unlikely he would have figured against India even if he'd been available.

Meanwhile, Wright's team-mate Monty Panesar has signed for Sydney grade team Randwick-Petersham who he will join in early October. The move will ensure Panesar continues to play cricket ahead of England's winter tours of UAE and Sri Lanka where he will hope to be the second spinner selected.

Panesar has had a solid season in the Championship with 56 wickets at 28.98 and has also been a regular in Sussex's one-day side. He last played for England against Australia, at Cardiff, in 2009 when he helped secure the famous draw alongside James Anderson but was part of the Ashes tour last winter.