Samit Patel: England all-rounder thought Test chance had gone

Samit Patel in action against Sri Lanka in 2012
Patel played five Tests in Asia in 2012 - but is yet to appear in a home Test

All-rounder Samit Patel admitted he thought his England chance had gone, after receiving his first international call-up for two and a half years.

Zafar Ansari's hand injury meant Patel was drafted in for England's forthcoming three-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

"I was not expecting a Test call," Patel, 30, told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I thought the door was closed on Test cricket. It's unfortunate for Zafar but I have to make the most of it."

The Nottinghamshire man played five Tests, all in Asia in 2012 against Sri Lanka and India, and featured in 36 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 internationals between 2008 and February 2013.

As a left-arm spinner, Patel is a like-for-like replacement for Surrey's Ansari, but accepts he will likely start the tour as third-choice spinner after the incumbent Moeen Ali and Yorkshire's Adil Rashid, who is uncapped at Test level but was in England's squads throughout the summer.

"I think I will be behind Moeen and Rash to play, but I am just happy to get on the trip," he added. "I was planning to go on holiday to Dubai next week, so this is a pleasant surprise.

"When I didn't get picked against Sri Lanka, I wondered whether this day would ever come again. I would like to get more of a role with the bat but I will bat anywhere."

England arrive in the UAE on 30 September, with the first Test starting in Abu Dhabi on 13 October.

Samit Patel's international statistics
Tests (5)ODIs (36)T20Is (18)
Debut201220082011
Runs109 (av 15.57)482 (av 32.13)189 (av 15.75)
Highest score3370*67
Wickets4 (av 64.25)24 (av 45.45)7 (av 45.85)
Best bowling2-365-412-6

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