Apart from being the country’s joint top Championship
wicket-taker, Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel will have one other advantage when he leads the Bears against Yorkshire at York today.
The 38-year-old New Zealand off-spinner knows Clifton Park well, having spent a summer
playing club cricket for York when he
first came to England in 2003.
"As soon as I saw in the fixture list that we would
be playing at York I was really excited," said Patel. "It will be
great to go back and reconnect with a lot of friends I made. It's a lovely city
and a lovely ground.
“I had an okay season there. I certainly didn't set the
world alight but it was great life experience. It was my first time away from home, in a different
country and I was having to fend for myself and fortunate to be around a great
bunch of lads who looked after me.
He added: "I wasn't on a lot of money but that wasn't what I was there for. What I did was learn about the lifestyle in England which is so different. In New Zealand it's all about cafes and meeting people and friends there, whereas here it's all about going to the pub and sharing stories over a pint.
"I was a youngster learning my trade and wanting to get out and about and give things a go and that summer really grew me as a person.”
Flooding likely as weather warnings issued
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.