England in India 2011

'I'm back on track' - Patel

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 6, 2011

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Samit Patel during England's training session, Hyderabad, October 6, 2011
Samit Patel's talent has never been in question, but he's only got a second chance with England after taking the team's work ethic on board © AFP
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England allrounder Samit Patel has admitted that his fitness problems are not behind him yet, but insisted that his work ethic has changed and he's headed in the right direction.

Before he was recalled this summer, Patel had been out of the England set-up since their last tour of India in 2008. It was made clear by the England management that it was his attitude to fitness that was keeping him out of the side, and there was always the feeling that he had the talent to be an England cricketer if only he take on board the team's strict work ethic.

"If I did the right stuff I was very confident of getting back and I had good vibes from the management," Patel told reporters in India after England's arrival for their limited-overs series. "I knew my cricket wasn't the issue, it was the other stuff."

There is no place for complacency in the England team under coach Andy Flower's tutelage, and the attitudinal shift to accept the mantra of constant self-evaluation and improvement has been perhaps the hardest challenge for Patel. "It's a big one really," he added. "To be willing to do the work and show the attitude to do it was a big thing for me. I hope I've overcome that now. Not fully yet. It doesn't change overnight, there is a long way to go."

"It's a combination [of things], training harder, doing the hours. The willingness to train was probably one of the issues, but attitude-wise I'm back on track and going in the right direction.

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. But things are going quite well. I've lost a bit of weight and attitude-wise, training is the big one for the ECB and England, the willingness to do the work. Maybe I didn't show that but now I'm doing it."

Patel's change in direction did not come in time for him to win a World Cup place with England earlier this year, however, and he admits there is no-one to blame for that regret but himself. "It was huge, very disappointing," he added. "The fact that I should have been there was so disappointing. But I can't blame anyone else but myself."

Despite spending much of the last three years in the international wilderness, Patel was kept informed by the England management and always knew what was required of him. "They always kept me in the loop and told me what to do. They wouldn't have picked me in the summer otherwise."

The issue of discipline will not apply only to Patel as England seek to extend their successful summer overseas. The bowling attack will be without James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and there will be plenty of pressure on a young seam attack featuring Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Chris Woakes and the uncapped Stuart Meaker.

Bresnan, who has built a reputation for metronomic accuracy with the new ball, will have to take up to role of senior bowler in the absence of Anderson and Broad. "It's obviously different bowling in England than in India," said Bresnan. "In England, you may gather some seam when the ball is new. With wickets playing different in India, I view it as a challenge.

"We have to bowl very tightly with the new ball. We have to bowl very accurately and very straight. Otherwise, you will be hit for runs. We have young bowlers who have a lot of talent. If we bowl well, we can pick up early wickets.

"It's a fresh start and a new challenge for us. We are going into this series with exactly the same mentality with which we won in England. We are still looking to improve and looking forward to the challenge."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

"I knew my cricket wasn't the issue, it was the other stuff." - the two dropped sitters in the last ODI of this summer suggest otherwise.

Posted by 5wombats on (October 7, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

The usual GARBAGE... india only lose because they field a C or D team, or because they lose the toss. What UTTER RUBBISH. I'm going to soo enjoy watching England beat the do do out of india again in the next few days.

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 7, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

justk. we know how to lose we have been doing it for years and in fact we are quite good at it. so just let us have our time in the sun. my friend if you have 100s of the mentioned types, my advice is play them because the 1s u sent for the test and 1 dayers did not play as they should have maybe u need to did deeper into that list. dpk

Posted by   on (October 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

@5wombats you get your facts right. SINCE 2004,INDIA HAVE WON ODI SERIES IN AUS, NZ , SRI,(THRICE) PAK,(TWICE),WI(TWICE ,GAYLE MISSED LAST SREIES) WITH INEXPERIENCED,A-TEAMS.ONLY AUS CHALLENGED INDIA AT HOME. ZIM TEAM WAS INDIA-D TEAM YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT?

WHEN DID ENG WIN IN NZ , PAK ,INDIA ? STOP LYING. YOU LOST TO NZ AT HOME LOL. INDIA (LIKE PAKISTAN)HAS NOT PLAYED WITH FULL STRENGTH TEAM SINCE FEB 2009, NZ TOUR IN ODIS.YOU UNDERSTAND WORLD CUP WAS THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS? YOUR BOWLERS GETTING SMASHED MOST OF THE ODI ON GREEN PITCHES (EVEN AFTER INDIA WERE 58/5 ,LOL THEIR ONLY GOOD PERFORMANCE) AND THEY WERE MARGINALLY BETTER THAN INDIANS ,TOSS ALSO HELPED THEM, ENGLAND FANS IGNORING THIS ARE PLAIN BIASED(INDIAN BOWLERS WERE TERRIBLE THOUGH).

Posted by voma on (October 7, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

@ RandyOzz . England have won 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series , just thought i would remind you of that fact ! .

Posted by Emperor_Selassie on (October 7, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

I can't help but feel that Adil Rasheed could have done well witha little more focus on him, especially seeming as the set up have given Patel all the time in the world. Maybe even a bit more competition between the two for a place would be good.

Posted by justk on (October 7, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

@english supporters: one series and they think that they are on top of this world..and on that world cup debalce, the score of 325 was not suffucient against ireland itself because of that road called bangalore..last time in CL T20 215 was chased down..and you guys are banking on kieswitter india have 100s of kieswitter type players and they will never make the cut..this is the difference..the quality of the players who will make it there..and winning and losing is part of a game..need to look how well the team shapes up..and lastly, england will find it very tough and will not even give a fight..where as indian team atleast gave a tough fight in england..only the rains made things worse

Posted by 5wombats on (October 7, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

@Karthik Raja - you need to get your facts right; England did just fine the last time they played ODI in Sri Lanka (they won) and in South Africa (they won). Conversely it is india that is " not so good in other tracks". Given india's hopeless away record I would say that thr is not much for india to boast abt.

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 7, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

randyoz. the ashes defeat must have hurt u bad. nice to find your writen words never changes. im also pleased that i could never think of that great australian team after those thrashing they gave us during that time that i could or would write similar. dpk

Posted by   on (October 7, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

@jagatr "Our bowling will come apart at the seams on flat tracks - I'll never believe they can defend a total below 400". If you have this view i must say you should watch Eng-Ban match in the WC. Eng managed to score only 225. Naeem,Abdur,Shakib were enough for England. Imagine what we can do with Ashwin,Rahul and Jadeja. I dont think this England side has the experience to play in India. We made a lot of difference in the last two ODI's played in England with two spinners. In the 4th ODI we almost won and in the 5th Eng needed a very special performance to win. But they still have very good players Bell ,KP, Bopara, Bresnan and Swann. Bell and KP can play spinners well. Bresnan and Swann can bowl well even on flat tracks. Other than that there is not much to worry about. The selectors could have picked Ojha instead of Rahul. But yes Rahul offers variety to the attack.

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