Patel ready to take Test chance

March 14, 2012 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Samit Patel’s international career looked to be going nowhere 18 months ago, however, the all-rounder is now close to earning his first England Test cap. Patel’s return to both fitness and form saw him return to the international set-up in the one-day side; the all-rounder playing key roles in the recent series’ against India and Pakistan.

The squad will soon head to Sri Lanka for a two-Test series, and Patel looks set to be vying for a spot in the side with Ravi Bopara – both players looking to establish themselves in the team following Eoin Morgan’s omission. While Bopara probably offers the more solid choice in terms of batting, the ideal spinning conditions at Colombo and Galle could see Patel given the nod, with his left-arm turn giving the side another bowling option. Those following the Betfair cricket betting will be keeping a close eye on things.

The Nottinghamshire star admitted his delight at finally breaking into the Test squad, making it clear he is determined to take his chance should the opportunity present itself and cement his place in the side. Anyone making online bets should remember this.

“This is a different thing for me because I’ve never been in a Test squad before and I’m quite excited really,” said Patel.

“It’s a massive boost for me having never been in the squad before and I’m very excited to show everyone what I can really do and take any opportunities I’m given.”

“One of my goals is to play Test cricket. I’ve always wanted to do that as well as one-day cricket. I want to play all formats for England. It’s easy to get here, the toughest bit is staying in the squad and staying in the team.”

A much publicised battle with his fitness saw Patel struggle to fully reach his potential earlier in his career, and now the 27-year old has a perfect chance to finally hit the big time – a chance he seems determined to take.


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