Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel has spoken about his disappointment at missing out on England’s forthcoming series against Pakistan – but also says he is happy to bide his time.
Monty Panesar was named as the second spinner in the 16-man England squad, despite Patel’s impressive all-round performances in October’s one-day international series in India.
The left-armer says he must now earn the right to fulfill his Test ambitions, for which he recently sacrificed a place in the IPL. He said: “I wasn’t expecting to get picked. I was obviously hoping to, but certainly not expecting it. I totally understand that I have to be patient and wait to score more runs. I’m happy to wait my turn.
“We’re the number one Test team in the world and playing some fantastic cricket. I also think that it’s great the selectors keep faith in players these days. They’ve chopped and changed in the past and it’s not worked.”
Patel says putting an England opportunity ahead of the financial rewards of the IPL was a “no-brainer”. He added: “Knowing that I’d miss twelve County Championship games if I played in it and if am selected for England’s one-day side in the summer made it an easy decision.
“I spoke to people at the top as well as Mick Newell and members of my family. None of them told me not to go, but I weighed it up and quickly decided it wasn’t the right thing to do at this time.
“I’d love to play in the IPL as it’s a great tournament. But I need to get myself where I want to be and then earn the right to take the six-week break to play in it properly.
Panesar’s selection ahead of Patel and Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick is reward for a successful season in which he captured 69 County Championship wickets at 27.24 for Sussex.
His rival is conscious his own haul was less than half that of Panesar’s. But with 746 runs at 42.00 he is also mindful that he has additional weapons in his armoury.
He said: “Wickets are a bonus to me. Bowling at Trent Bridge you don’t really get the chance to bowl long overs as a spinner. But obviously I need to concentrate on my batting too as that is important in staking my claim.
“My immediate focus now is to get picked for the one-day series against Pakistan and doing well in that. Then we’ll wait and see. It would be a dream come true if I’m in the England Test team that takes on the West Indies at Trent Bridge next summer, alongside Swanny and Broady.”