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Bangladesh Test series will be exciting - Samit Patel

Bangladesh Test series will be exciting - Samit Patel
Samit Patel also backed Ben Duckett to come good in the Test format.
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England and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel feels that the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh and India will be exciting with the amount of talent on display.

With players like Haseeb Hameed, Zafar Ansari, and Ben Duckett in the squad the England set up will be hoping that the youngsters will be able to impress in the subcontinent conditions.

England recently won a hard-fought One-Day International series against Bangladesh and Patel believes that it will take some good cricket to beat the hosts in the Tests as well.

“It (the Bangladesh tour) is going to be a tough little tour for England,” Patel told in an interview to CricketWorld.

“I think we’ll win but we are going to have to play well.

“I think (Alastair) Cook and (Joe) Root have to get the majority of the runs.

“Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are going to have to come to the forefront.

“It is going to be an exciting series.

“There is going to be a lot of talent on the show.”

Following the Bangladesh Test series, England will tour India to take part in a five-match Test series between November 9th and 20th December.

The last time England toured India, they managed to beat the hosts 2-1 with spinners, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar playing key roles in the victory.

Despite losing the first Test in Ahmedabad in 2012, England fought back to win the second and third games in Mumbai and Kolkata before going on to draw the fourth match in Nagpur.

With James Anderson expected to be back from injury to lead the attack in India, Patel feels that the likes of Alastair Cook and Joe Root will be the key with their experience.

“The likes of Cook and Root have the experience of playing there before.

“Hopefully (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad are going to be fit and firing.

“It is going to be an exciting series. The conditions in India are going to be very different.

“It is going to spin more in India. They won’t want to lose a game to us on their home soil.

“It was a great tour in 2012, winning after we lost the first Test.

“To go out there and beat India with a lot of experienced players, (Kevin) Pietersen, Cook, (Jonathan) Trott, (Ian) Bell and Matt Prior.

“The way Swanny (Graeme Swann) and Monty (Panesar) bowled, it was like India had never seen spin before.”

In the Bangladesh Test series, England are likely to hand a debut to Duckett, who is an exciting young talent and scored two fifties – one each in the two recently concluded warm-up games.

Having the experience of playing against Duckett, Patel said that the 22-year-old’s ability to keep the scoreboard ticking against the spinners is what makes him a tough opponent to bowl to.

“Ben is a really exciting batsman. Hopefully, he’ll get a go in Bangladesh.

“He has all the credentials, he plays spin really well and he keeps playing these sweeps and reverse sweeps and scores runs out there, not just survive. It is quite hard (to bowl to him).

“With the sweeps and reverse sweeps, he plays, it is quite hard to get a few dot balls out there and puts you off length; he is quite tricky to bowl at. He started off really well in the warm-up.”

The first Test between Bangladesh and England will get underway at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on 20th October.

Samit Patel was attending a Chance to Shine Street cricket festival, supported by Lycamobile, to celebrate Diwali in Leicester. Find out more at www.chancetoshine.org/street.

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