MCC news February 23, 2016

Patel replaces Borthwick for Yorkshire match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Samit Patel made a comeback to the England Test side in Sharjah © Getty Images

Samit Patel has replaced Scott Borthwick in the MCC squad for the Champion County match against Yorkshire, in Abu Dhabi, next month.

Borthwick has opted to extend his time playing New Zealand domestic cricket for Wellington where he currently has 211 runs in three Plunket Shield matches.

Patel was brought into England's Test squad for the Test series against Pakistan, in the UAE, following the injury suffered by the Surrey allrounder Zafar Ansari which ruled him out of the trip. He was then recalled to the side for the final Test in Sharjah.

He will join four other players with England caps in the MCC squad: James Tredwell, Rikki Clarke, Graham Onions and captain Ian Bell.

The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium from March 20-23 and this year, at the request of Yorkshire, will be played as a day-time fixture with red balls instead of under floodlights.

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  • Paul on February 24, 2016, 8:45 GMT

    Good old Samit, still wanting to Bat & Bowl with the enthusiasm of a teenager. I'd have thought if Borthwick was trying to catch the Selectors eyes with regard to a top 6 spot in the England line up, he would play in the MCC v. Champion County Match rather than the Plunket Shield where his achievements have gone / will continue to go largely unnoticed.

  • John on February 24, 2016, 2:45 GMT

    Scott! Here is a name that was thought of as a possible replacement for Swann when England were winning everything before them. How things have changed in the 5-6 years since. Given England's batting lineup is far from being settled, I guess Borthwick sees an opportunity to put his name in the hat for a place in the top 6...good for him.

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