Left-arm spinner Panesar, one of the few successes of England’s last tour of Australia, which saw them lose the Ashes 5-0 in 2006/07, has not played a Test since featuring in last year’s Ashes opener in Cardiff where his tailend batting helped England to an unlikely draw.
Since that match Panesar, 28, a veteran of 39 Tests, has been replaced as England’s frontline specialist spinner by off-break bowler Graeme Swann.
Panesar, who moved from Northamptonshire to Sussex at the start of the season, is now set to travel to Australia as Swann’s deputy having taken 52 first-class wickets at 25.69 apiece in 16 matches this season.
Tremlett played the last of his three Tests in 2007 but has won also won selection on the back of a successful move, having led Surrey’s attack with 48 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 20.18 after joining from Hampshire.
His inclusion, along with fellow 6ft 7in seamer Steven Finn and the nearly as tall Stuart Broad, suggest England are looking to get the most they can out of the generally bouncier pitches in Australia.
Tremlett beat Ajmal Shahzad to a place in the main squad but the Yorkshire seamer is in a 16-man ‘shadow’ performance squad that will be in Australia in the lead-up to the first Test in Brisbane starting on November 25.
“The sort of conditions he (Tremlett) will get in Australia should suit him,” said England national selector Geoff Miller.
Steven Davies edged out World Twenty20 winner Craig Kieswetter as the back-up wicketkeeper behind Matt Prior.
Otherwise the squad, to be captained by Andrew Strauss, was as expected with batsman Kevin Pietersen recalled after being omitted from the recent one-day series wins over Pakistan because of a poor run of form.
England have not lost a Test series for 18 months but haven’t won one in Australia since Mike Gatting’s men triumphed ‘Down Under’ in 1986/87.
“We believe we’ve selected an outstanding Test squad for what will be a fiercely contested Ashes series in Australia,” Miller said.
As for Panesar’s recall, former England off-spinner Miller said: “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.”
Panesar — who took five for 92 in the first innings of the third Test in Perth on the last Ashes tour after being left out of the first two matches — has been labelled “one-dimensional” by Australia leg-spin legend Shane Warne.
But Miller told reporters at The Oval: “Monty has been to Australia before and did well once he got in the side.
“It was up to him to go away and resurrect his career. There were times we thought he was not thinking for himself. He has been given the onus to do that at Sussex and he has developed as a person.”
The Ashes come after a scandal-marred home season which saw England’s series against Pakistan overshadowed by ‘spot-fixing’ allegations and Strauss said: “It’s exciting to have the Ashes as our sole focus from this point on and I know every member of this squad will be relishing the challenge of retaining the Ashes in Australia.”