Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Patel hits out at England omission

Les Smith at Trent Bridge

September 4, 2013

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Warwickshire 298 and 27 for 2 trail Nottinghamshire 359 (Patel 117, Wessels 77, Chambers 4-79) by 34 runs
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Samit Patel made only 19, Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, Division One, Edgbaston, July, 17, 2013
Samit Patel's hundred turned the match around for Notts © Getty Images
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Riding on an accomplished century, Samit Patel took the opportunity to hit out at the England selectors at being overlooked for international duty since February.

After play ended following Patel's fourth century of the season, he expressed his satisfaction with his form throughout the summer and said he was "shocked and disappointed" to have been overlooked by England since the second T20 against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Patel said that he had been told by national selector Geoff Miller to be more consistent, which he thought was "harsh", and believes that his statistics since then have been compelling.

"All I can do is get hundreds here," he said. "Actually I'm very disappointed that England haven't been in contact in any format of the game. I'm very shocked and surprised but I think that's the way it goes. My stats at the end of the year should get me back in that team.

"I just got told I wasn't consistent enough, which I thought was very wrong, very harsh. Geoff said I wasn't consistent, which I wasn't happy about. It's unfair but you've just got to get on with it. Hopefully with my stats in white-ball cricket this year, I don't think they can ignore that for too much longer."

Patel is a curious case. He's played 59 games for England across all the formats, and his statistics stack up well, but sadly he is perhaps best known for doubts about his fitness. But there were no doubts about his fitness here or, indeed, throughout 2013. During his innings on day two he passed 1,000 first class runs for the season for the second time, and while Michael Lumb and James Taylor have marginally better batting averages for Nottinghamshire, neither can match his weight of runs. His 25 wickets have not hurt Nottinghamshire either.

Patel is aware that a high profile YB40 semi-final against Somerset next Monday at Trent Bridge is a big opportunity to put himself back in the England frame. "I need another crack at playing one-day cricket for England, that's for sure," he said. "I thought I had a great chance to be in the one day squad against Australia but they've only picked one spinner and that's just the way the selectors go I suppose."

Here, he led the way in putting Nottinghamshire into the strong position which the previous evening had been Warwickshire's. Nottinghamshire loss of three wickets at the tail end of the first day appeared to have them on the back foot, albeit that one of them was nightwatchman Luke Fletcher. But Patel was there when the day ended and pushed on through day two.

Patel and Steven Mullaney started the day with a job to do after the damage that Warwickshire had inflicted on the first evening. They needed to dig in, and that's what they did. They stayed together for 100 minutes and 68 runs before Mullaney slashed a short ball outside the off stump from Steffan Piolet and was caught at third man.

The other significant contributions to Nottinghamshire's score came from Riki Wessels and Andre Adams, who has had an outstanding game so far with both bat and ball. Wessels hit 12 boundaries in his 77 before being run out by a direct hit from Chris Woakes while attempting a quick single, and Adams scored 46 batting at No. 10.

Maurice Chambers, an intimidatingly large and quick bowler, was Warwickshire's principal weapon, and he became the third man in the match to take four wickets in an innings after Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams on the first day.

Warwickshire took a deficit of 61 runs into their second innings and found themselves in a similar situation to that which faced Nottinghamshire an evening earlier. They had 14 overs to negotiate with fresh bowlers running in at them.

Andre Adams and Luke Fletcher, the outstanding bowlers in Warwickshire's first innings, did the damage. First Fletcher made a ball rear up onto Ian Westwood's forearm and onto the stumps, then Adams trapped Varun Chopra lbw. Warwickshire have catching up to do, but this is still anyone's game.

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Posted by Diaz54 on (September 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT)

Yorkshire pudding.....yes they give them chance wanting them desperately to fail mr pudding do you play cricket? I do the representation from these communities in relation to how many play the game and dominate in the leagues up and down the country does not equate to who are reluctantly given a chance...as I repeat hoping they fail.,no support system. Look at the way Rampakarsh , Owais shah, adil rashid, shazad ajmal, Bilal shafayat , Carberry etc look how they have been treated! These are the ones we know about! Most even get through the county system. So please do so e research and I know how truth feels!!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (September 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@Diaz54, thats simply not true in Test and ODI's england have given chances to numerous players of Asian and Afro-Carribean descent, in the last 10 years I can name a dozen players of such descent that have been given a call up to the england squad, and there are 2 players in the current ODI squad that are of Asian/Caribean descent.

That doesnt include the players that were selected in the 90's and earlier that weere from those areas, people like D'olivera, Daffy, Malcom, Lawrence, and others.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Modern cricket demands a playr be proficient in at least two out of three disciplines and not abysmal in the third:

While Patel's batting is good, his bowling is decent and also his "rotundness casts serious doubts about his abilities in the field. If you compare him to Bopara, the latter is a better bat, better bowler and markedly better fielder. Throw in Panesar, a very good and proven Test bowler, but the selectors cannot overlook his lack of qualities as a batsman and especially as a fielder. If Bopara has had a hard in-and-out time, how can Patel complain? He has known for years what is required of him, yet he has done nothing serious about his "fitness issues" for as many years.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

I'm a Patel supporter, but cannot claim to be shocked by him not being picked. This year, he has a championship batting average of 38 and a bowling average of 48. Enough to keep him in the discussion, but hardly demanding a recall. Even if he is considered fit enough, I believe he is a little slow in the field compared with some of the competition.

I see no evidence of non-white players being treated harshly by the selectors. I don't see non-white players with great averages not getting a chance for England - who are they? Patel has had chances, and though he has performed on occasion, on others he has disappointed.

Posted by Baundele on (September 5, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Patel is expecting too much. He is a quota player and he should understand that England can not afford taking all 3 of Bopara, Morgan and Patel. He has to wait for his chances till Bopara fails.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

@Optic: To be honest, we'll have to hope you're right. Wright keeps having these good seasons for Sussex and getting lots of runs for pressing his England claims, and then when getting opportunities for England he keeps flattering to deceive. Myself? I'm anticipating a glut of single-figure scores again. If I'm wrong, I'l eat humble pie and pay tribute to him on these pages. Call me out on it if I don't.

Posted by Diaz54 on (September 5, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Well said Patel....you are another example,of this system you play under. It is not sour grapes...to many asian / West Indian players get harshly treated. They are always under pressure waiting to be dropped. Bopara get a hundred under and sky commentator says he played 2nd fiddle to Morgan ,..this blatant. Patel,don't worry no need to play for Enhland you are good player and back yourself and emjoy your game. Ria

Posted by Optic on (September 5, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@CityGent I'd love for you to explain why you think Patel's a abetter bowler than Tredwell who averages 23 at an economy of 4.6, compared to Patel's 45 at 5.5. As for being a better all rounder than Bresnan I don't agree, Bresnan's in as a bowler who does a good job for England and can bat a bit, Bresnan's bowling is so superior to Patel's it's not even funny tbh. Patel 's a bit and pieces player, the two you compared him to are in predominately for their bowling.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (September 5, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

If he is talking about the test team then he can continue dreaming because he would not fit in the settled test team. I want to see Moeen Ali get a chance at international level and I think Patel is nowhere near as good as Ali.

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