All-rounder Samit Patel has signed a new three-year contract with Nottinghamshire that will see him stay at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2012 season.
Patel will spend the next two months at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Adelaide and he is looking forward to the 2010 season, where he is determined to improve his performances for Nottinghamshire.
“I’ve always wanted to play my cricket for Nottinghamshire and I want to remain loyal to the club and win trophies here,” he said.
“I’m at the stage now where I need to play a senior role in the team and that means scoring runs consistently, taking regular wickets and making match-winning contributions.
“I’ve made a significant change in my approach because I spent too much time obsessing about England when really I should be focussed on doing well for Notts. I know that I didn’t show enough last year but this is a line in the sand and I’ll come back from Australia fitter and better prepared for the new season.”
Patel was dropped from an England squad in March 2009 after failing to meet fitness standards and has not represented his country since.
“Lots has been said about Samit’s fitness but his ability has never been in any doubt and he’s a valued member of our squad,” Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell said.
“There is a lot of responsibility on his shoulders now that Graeme Swann is established in the England set-up and Samit can use that to demonstrate that he’s on top of his game.”
© Cricket World 2009