England news December 23, 2012

Samit Patel awarded England increment

ESPNcricinfo staff

Samit Patel, the England and Nottinghamshire allrounder, has been awarded an England increment contract for 2012-13. Patel has played three T20 internationals and three Tests in the current contract period, and that has earned him a total of 21 points (five for a Test, and two for a T20 or ODI). Non-contracted players are awarded an increment contract once a player reaches 20 points during the 12-month contract period.

"This contract reflects the contribution Samit has made to our T20 and Test teams this winter and we congratulate him on his achievement," ECB national selector Geoff Miller said.

Patel was part of the England squad on their tour of India and made 69 runs in four innings in three Tests. He was left out of the fourth Test in Nagpur. In the two-match Twenty20 series on the tour, he made 24 and 9.

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  • John on December 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    A lot of people are down on Patel at the moment but, while I admit that he hasn't been a star, he has far from shamed himself. I doubt that we'll see him in another Test match now though, as the selectors seemed to think that he was a good option on spinning tracks. That says more about their lack of confidence in the ability of the alternatives to play spin but Root at least showed that not all young England batsmen are inherently poor playing spin in the subcontinent. I have to say that I don't think that Patel is good enough to hold a place in the limited-overs teams if he's not bowling and if he's not going to bowl in a T20 in India when some of the pacers are getting caned, when is he going to bowl? I will say that I am impressed with Patel's commitment though. He's still a little portly but he has been putting in 100% in the field. Some of the Indian fielders could learn a thing or two from him about getting the most out of themselves for the betterment of the team.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    @rohanbala, when you say Patel under performed in the Indian Test series, was that in the first Test where he was given out twice when he shouldn't have been or the second and third Tests where he scored 26 and 33! well not the worst performances and something to work on.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    very average player at best, probably wont play any more tests or that many odi.

  • Ramakrishnan on December 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Samit Patel appears to be a good enough proposition only for the shorter version of the game. In the longer format (Tests), it would be difficult for him to keep his place intact on his batting alone having performed below expectations in the recently concluded indian tour. It would be unwise to retain him for the tests in future as the spin department will be manned by Swann and Panesar.

  • Morad on December 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Looking at the stats....hardly an achievement!

  • Ricky on December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    How much he get paid for the contract ?

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