Notts coach Paul Johnson tips Samit Patel for England

Samit Patel
Patel made 119 for England Lions against Sri Lanka in May

Nottinghamshire batting coach Paul Johnson says Samit Patel deserves a call-up to England's one-day squad.

The 26-year-old, who last represented England in 2008, smashed 52 of 23 balls in Sunday's FL t20 win over Yorkshire.

Johnson told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I think England have been crying out for a second spinner and someone who can bat to the ability of Samit Patel.

"If things had been slightly different I am sure he would've been playing with England anyway."

Patel made his one-day international debut against Scotland in August 2008 and has played 11 matches in total, with a top score of 31.

His last ODI was in India in November 2008 but he played for England Lions in their tour match with Sri Lanka at Derby in May, making 119 in the first innings.

The England management have previously warned Patel about his fitness but Notts believe he is back in contention after answering questions about his weight.

"It's all be documented [why he has not been in the England squad]," added Johnson, who himself played 371 first-class matches for Notts.

"We just know that young man is a talented individual who can tear attacks apart with the bat, do a very good job with the ball and is more than a useful fielder.

"If England have got better than him lying around then I am yet to see them and we certainly didn't see it over the winter."

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