Samit's six pact

Test taster gives Patel fresh England inspiration

Last Updated: 02/06/12 11:47am

Samit Patel says the number six spot in England's Test line-up remains up for grabs - and he's determined to make it his.

"Playing Test cricket has been my biggest aim. Some have said that I might not have played but I'm a big fan of proving people wrong."

Samit Patel

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The Nottinghamshire all-rounder made his Test debut over the winter against Sri Lanka but has since fallen down the pecking order behind Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, who got the nod for the opening two Tests of the summer against the West Indies.

But now he's had a taste of the five day game Patel, who has made 25 ODI and eight T20 international appearances, told Cricket AM he's determined to add to his two Test caps.

"I see myself as a specialist batsman that can bowl spin. The number six spot in Test cricket is quite crucial and replacing Andrew Flintoff is quite a big thing, really.

"It's a seamer's job in England and when you go away it's a spinner's role, which kind of fits nicely, but I'm trying to push for the batting spot at first.

"I think [the No. 6 spot] is [up for grabs]. It was right that Jonny Bairstow got picked because he had such a great start scoring two hundreds and couple of fifties. He got it on merit and deservedly so; I think Jonny's quite a good player."


Reflecting on England's winter tour to Sri Lanka, he added: "I was probably going on that trip thinking 'no, I'm not going to play', that I'm just going on there for a bit of experience. I'd not been in a Test environment before.

"But I was very happy and probably impressed in the warm-ups and got the nod to play in the first Test. That's probably a dream come true. 'Nervous' was a bit of an understatement, to be honest!

"Playing Test cricket has been my biggest aim. Some have said that I might not have played but I'm a big fan of proving people wrong. Playing Test cricket was a big thing for me and I'm not going to stop there - I want to play some more Test cricket."


Patel has struck two fifties and taken 11 wickets to help Nottinghamshire to top spot in division one of the County Championship and the 27-year-old says spirits at Trent Bridge are high after coach Mick Newell reaffirmed his commitment to the county after being linked with the Bangladesh job.

"The boys are pretty happy. He's been around for a long time now with us and he's got a good record and we're going to try and win the Championship again.

"We call it a family [at Trent Bridge] and all of the guys who have joined us now have fitted in nicely. It makes the place pretty welcome.

"The way we play our four-day cricket is kind of a stepping stone to where we're going to go in one-day cricket as well and trying to win some trophies."