Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has England Test ambition

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel says he still has a burning desire to play Test cricket for England.

The 26-year-old scored a century for England Lions against Sri Lanka last month and has been tipped for a recall to the one-day squad.

Patel told East Midlands Today: "I have definitely got Test ambitions. I want to keep winning games with Notts and making match-winning contributions.

"To play Test cricket is my number one ambition at the moment."

Patel has been a key figure in Nottinghamshire's opening two wins in the FL t20 this season and smashed 52 from only 23 balls in last Sunday's victory over Yorkshire.

It is a run of form that prompted Notts batting coach Paul Johnson to tip Patel for a recall to the England one-day side.

Patel, who is yet to make a Test appearance for England, made his one-day international debut against Scotland in August 2008 and has played 11 ODI's in total, but his last appearance was in November of the same year.

"My one-day cricket will take care of itself, if I keep scoring the runs, taking the wickets and staying fit," added Patel.

"But Test cricket and putting the three lions on would be great.

"I am just going to keep doing what I am doing here at Notts and if the call comes that's great and if not it doesn't."

Patel admits that his well documented dressing down from the England management about his fitness did hurt at the time.

"Obviously I had fitness issues and I have rectified them now, so I am back on the radar which is great for me," he said.

"It was frustrating and I couldn't deal with it at the time but I've realised you do need to be fit to play cricket and that's a pretty simple answer about it.

"It did hurt at the time, I would be lying if I said it didn't. It is good to get recognised again and to say I am not done yet."

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