Monty Panesar has been included in the playing XI of the England team for the first test match against New Zealand.
Panesar was not expected to play any test match on this tour of New Zealand. The conditions in New Zealand are suitable for the seam bowlers.

So, the England team was expected to go with three fast bowlers and one spinner in all the three test matches of the series. And, that one spinner was going to be Graeme Swann. So, Panesar was expected to sit on the bench in all the three test matches.