Samit Patel Keen To Grasp England Opportunity
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel is keen to grab his second chance at international cricket with both hands following three years out of contention.
He took his international bow in 2008, performing impressively against both South Africa - taking five for 41 on debut - and India in limited overs cricket before he was left out having failed to reach the levels of fitness demanded by the England coaching team.
He has since changed his approach, scored a century for the England Lions against the touring Sri Lankans earlier this year and been rewarded with a call-up for the one-off Twenty20 International and five-match One-Day International series that follows.
"Things have gone very well for me with Nottinghamshire this season and I was pleased with my performance for England Lions in a game in which I knew I had to perform," Patel said.
"Playing regularly for England has always been my aim and I came to realise that I needed to work on the things that were being pointed out to me and to be a match-winner for Nottinghamshire to force my way back in.
"Being selected in the squad is only the start of it because I need to earn a place in the team and score enough runs and take enough wickets to justify staying there."
One man who has been instrumental in Patel's career has been Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell, who added:
"Andy Flower has been keen to get Samit back involved and he has done the work to put himself back in the selectors' thoughts," he said.
"If they want to play two spinners in this series then Graeme Swann and Samit Patel are definitely the best players available and the bonus with Samit is that he can bat at six or seven as well.
"This is a huge moment in his career because there are ten One Day Internationals over the course of the summer and he has an opportunity to establish himself in the England setup."
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