Patel, England's latest Indian-origin cricketer
London, August 18, 2008 (IANS)
Patel, England's latest Indian-origin international cricketer who
joins his country's squad Monday after helping maul South Africa
in a one-day match last week, wants to try out his lauded strokeplay
against India. Patel, a 23-year-old batsman and left-arm spinner,
helped defeat South Africa by six wickets with nearly nine overs
to spare by scoring a fluent and unbeaten 60 while turning out for
the England Lions.
all-rounder, who was born in Leicester to Indian parents and plays
for Nottinghamshire, is part of the new-look England squad that
plays Scotland Monday before launching into the Natwest series against
South Africa Wednesday. The Nottinghamshire all-rounder was named
in the England team, which also included three recalls as the selectors
considered their options for Wednesday's NatWest Twenty20 international
replaced Graeme Swann as England's slow bowling option while Sussex
wicketkeeper Matt Prior was recalled at the top of the order to
allow all-rounder Luke Wright to drop back into the middle order.
match also marks the start of Kevin Pietersen's official reign as
England one-day captain.
is in line for selection for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan and
the Stanford Twenty20 match in Antigua. But Patel, who has a first-class
batting average of 46.07 and has been described by cricket writer
Scyld Berry as a brilliant strokeplayer, is apparently
eyeing England's coming tour of India.
never played cricket in India so it would be a big deal for me if
I were picked to go on England's tour of India this winter,
Patel told the Daily Telegraph. I've got aunts and grandparents
over there, and they'd really support me. Ahmedabad would be a big
match for me - it's daunting, really, said Patel whose parents
come from Gujarat. The first Test is to be played in Ahmedabad December
his strong showing against South Africa, Patel is a strong contender
for the NatWest series, which comprises a Twenty20 international
and five one-day internationals. Patel has already made an impression
in limited-overs cricket this summer, claiming 14 wickets at just
13.5 runs apiece for Nottinghamshire in the Friends Provident Trophy,
and his average of 42.33 with the bat includes a century against
Durham in the quarter-finals.
cannot stress enough how much I want to get out there and play for
England. Since I got the call I have been thinking about how I would
bowl at particular South African batsmen, Patel said. "You
can't really think too much about it, it has to happen on instinct.
I've watched the coverage, but I'm sure we'll have team meetings
about them as well."