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.