England news November 30, 2011

Samit Patel opts out of IPL auction

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Samit Patel, the England allrounder, has withdrawn from next year's IPL auction in a bid to boost his chances of earning a Test place. If he had been picked up for the IPL - and it was far from certain he would have gained a deal - it would have meant missing up to seven County Championship matches at the start of the English season.

Patel returned to England's one-day side against Sri Lanka during the 2011 season having missed out on a World Cup berth due to his fitness issues. He played every game during England's recent tour of India, scoring 160 runs at 40.00 and took four wickets in the 5-0 whitewash to emerge as one of the few players with some credit.

However, although Patel's move will be noted by the England management, he faces a tough task to force his way into the Test reckoning as either a second spinner or frontline batsman but is hoping the weight of runs in the early domestic season will bring him into the selectors' thinking for the series against West Indies and South Africa in 2012.

"My biggest ambition is to play Test cricket," Patel said. "I need to score a high volume of runs in the Championship to push my case. If I was selected for the IPL then I would miss several Championship matches and that won't help me at a time when I need to do everything I can to impress the selectors.

"I have listened to the advice from people that I trust and it is clear that this decision is the right one to have made for cricket reasons. The IPL is an exciting tournament and I would like to be involved in it in the future, but not to the detriment of my England ambitions."

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire coach, supported Patel's move which will also strengthen the county during a crucial period of Championship cricket.

"Samit has got himself back into England's limited-overs teams but he feels that he can become a Test match regular and it goes without saying that scoring a high volume of runs for Nottinghamshire will help him to achieve his ambition," said Newell. "Staying away from the IPL this year is a mature decision and one that we hope will benefit Samit's career and improve our prospects in the Championship."

Patel's decision mirrors that of Ravi Bopara who decided not to play in last season's IPL, in an attempt to secure a place against Sri Lanka, while Stuart Broad has also resisted the the tournament's lure. Yet, despite Bopara's 408 runs in the opening five matches last season, the England selectors favoured Eoin Morgan for the first Test, who did play in the 2011 IPL, after he struck 193 for the Lions in the tour match against Sri Lanka at Derby.

As ever with Patel, runs and wickets won't be the only factor, either, as Andy Flower, the England team director, made clear in a recent interview with the Daily Mail when he said Patel "hasn't properly addressed his fitness issues. He'd better, otherwise he'll be out of the side."

Patel faces a challenge to dislodge one of England's established top six batsmen, while Bopara and James Taylor are also ahead of him in the pecking order. The most likely route into the Test team remains as a second spinner, which England rarely require on home soil.

Last season Patel took 33 first-class wickets at 30.81, together with over 1,000 runs at 47.56. Monty Panesar, England's reserve spinner on the 2010-11 Ashes tour, was the highest wicket-taker in Division One of the County Championship in 2011 with 69 victims at 27.24 and also boasts 126 Test match wickets at 34.37.

The England Test squad is set to be announced in the forthcoming weeks for the three-match series against Pakistan in Dubai.

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  • John on December 3, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (December 02 2011, 10:08 AM GMT) - I was always under the impression that if you were born and raised in England , that makes you English

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Good by Patel, he just needs to get even fitter now!

  • John on December 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @ashish514 on (December 02 2011, 06:39 AM GMT) - No disrespect but the IPL rankings say that England are number 1. I think there is a tab on their website which explains it all. We probably won't hold on to our T20 ranking that long anyway so then all you guys can start gloating/sniping about that too. Anyway it is only T20 and to most Englishmen it is a nice bonus and nothing more. Also "Too early to say" - what do you mean by that? I guess it means that when India start having a winning record against England in this format , that'll be when it stops being too early - right?

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    JG2704> I said English, not British Asians.

  • Ashish on December 2, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Yevghenny - Your test no.1 status is fully justified but can't say that about t20(Ok, being the current T20 WC champion, yes but otherwise no). There have been far too few matches played. Take India vs. England, there have been only 4 matches, England 3 India 1, two of which are very recent. So yes, you are ahead, but it's too early to say. Given the high amount of uncertainty, you need a higher no. of t20 matches then tests or odi's to judge a clear winner. Consider this, if India had won the last match, the ranking would have been starkly different. So, currently that table is highly volatile. A number of matches along time will bring some stability to it. And who knows England can still emerge to be no.1

    P.S.- Ignoring the pun, I do remember the last time India beat England bcoz- 1.It is the only T20 we won against england. 2. We went on to win the tournament 3. Yuvraj's thrashing of Broad is somewhat hard to forget.

  • John on December 2, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar, I'm not trying to claim that English county cricket (note, it is c-o-u-n-t-y, not c-o-u-n-t-R-y) produces the best test cricketers and I am not trying to dis the IPL or Indian cricket in any way. What I am saying is that, to make it into the England test side, you need to perform well in first class cricket. The selectors are not going to put someone in the test side based on form in 50-, 40- or 20-over cricket, whether that be in India, England or anywhere else. If Samit Patel, or anyone else for that matter, wants to make it into the England test team then they must perform in first class cricket. If an English player plays IPL then, purely by timing, they will miss first class games for their county and, therefore, reduce their chances of being picked for the England test side. That is the one and only issue that this story is about and that is the one and only issue that I'm addressing. The story, and I, are not criticising the IPL or India at all.

  • Michael on December 2, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    IPL is cricket parasite,sucking the life blood out of the game.

  • Martin on December 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar; rubbish. IPL is the cricket equivalent of chewing gum - it has no flavour and after 20 minutes it gets spat out. As @ SettingSun puts it very aptly; "IPL is cricket cancer". IPL is the death of style, temperament and class. It's garbage. That's the real reason no England player will sign up for it - they wouldn't lower themselves.

  • Andy on December 1, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    I wonder how many of you clever clogs who dismiss Samit's skills have ever seen bat (or bowl) in first-class cricket. And the notion that the IPL is more important than a potential test future (maybe not immediate, but with a chance at some point) and also championship cricket for his county, is ridiculous, short-sighted and frankly brain-dead. Speaking as a Notts fan, I can safely say he'd also much rather play for his county than for some random collection of overpaid 'superstars'. And on the topic of the financial benefits of the IPL, living near Trent Bridge and having seen what Samit drives, I'm pretty sure he's comfortable in the wallet department.

  • Martin on December 1, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    @S4CHIN_IS_GOD - hysterically funny joke comments from you. You are talking about Stuart Broad right? Man of the series in the2011 Pataudi Trophy? You know - the famous Test match Trophy disputed between England and india? No india player was in the running for Man of the Series this time. It was Staurt Broad that won that in 2011. No india player was in the running. He got a Test Hat Trick against india you know! Oh, and England whitewashed india 4-0 in that Test series too, remember? Didn't the guy who hit those sixes a few years ago get broken up a bit by an England bowler in 2011 and have to go home injured? What was his name? Help us out with that will you? Did his name begin with Y? We can't remember back as far as August though can we? So I don't suppose you can help.

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