England's decision to take Monty Panesar to Australia this winter was placed under the microscope again on Friday, when the spinner admitted acting in a "potentially threatening and intimidating" manner towards an opponent.
Panesar has been hit with a suspended one-match ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary commission after pleading guilty to a breach of directive 3.2 in the LV= County Championship match between Essex and Worcestershire earlier this month.
The ECB did not elaborate on Panesar's transgression, but on the final day of the match he was involved in a tense exchange with Pears batsman Ross Whiteley.
Umpire David Willey was forced to interject, with Essex skipper James Foster also called into the conversation.
The suspension will be suspended until the end of next season, pending any further violations of the ECB code.
But it places both the 31-year-old and the England selectors in an awkward position, so soon after the latter opted to name Panesar in the Ashes squad.
He has had a difficult year, both professionally and privately, and was only playing at Essex having been effectively let go by Sussex.
Panesar's performance levels and attitude had caused concern at Hove but events took an unsavoury turn last month when he was fined by police for attempting to urinate on nightclub bouncers in the early hours of the morning.
A move away was deemed necessary for both parties, with Essex ready to take him on loan.
England did not consider Panesar for the final Test of the home Ashes this summer by way of their own disciplinary measure, but Simon Kerrigan's nightmare debut thrust him back into the mix for this winter's tour.
National selector Geoff Miller said when announcing the squad: "He's appreciated he's made errors and he's very sure that those errors are behind him now."
An ECB statement announcing his latest punishment read: "Monty Panesar has received a suspended ban after accepting that he breached ECB Directive 3.2 in that he did not conduct himself fairly and properly on the field, following two incidents during the LV= County Championship match between Essex and Worcestershire on Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th September in which his actions were potentially threatening and intimidating towards a member of the opposition.
"Under the summary procedure in the Cricket Discipline Commission Regulations, Panesar has accepted a suspension from one LV= County Championship match, such penalty to be suspended until the end of the 2014 season, pending any further breach of any ECB Rule, Regulation, Code or Directive. He has apologised for his behaviour during the match."