Patel dropped as a result of “unsatisfactory” fitness

March 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment


Samit Patel has been dropped from England’s ODI team for the tour to West Indies as a result of a lack of fitness. He has been replaced in the squad by Gareth Batty, who joins Adil Rashid in the squad. Graeme Swann is also left out of the squad to have surgery on his elbow. Patel’s fitness has been monitored since the end of the ODI series in India, but Hugh Morris has branded it as “unsatisfactory” .

“Samit Patel is a talented cricketer but he, like every other player who joins the senior England team, must be aware of the strict fitness criteria that will be set. It is extremely frustrating that Samit has not heeded the warnings of his county, Nottinghamshire, and Geoff Miller as well as the England management and strength and conditioning team. In the circumstances we had no option but to de select him from the tour.”

“The demands of international cricket are huge and Samit must recognise that fitness levels are a vital part of a successful team in international cricket. He really needs to understand and grasp that fact because his fitness levels have regressed between his first assessment during the build up to the England Lions tour and the second Test during the first week in New Zealand.”

He is currently on tour with the England lions in New Zealand and will stay with them instead of travelling to the Caribbean.

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