Samit Patel focused on winning England Test place

Samit Patel
Patel has impressed with England Lions and the one-day side

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel says being back in the England set-up has made him more determined than ever to play Test cricket.

The 26-year-old returned to the one-day international side earlier this year after nearly three years in exile because of concerns about his fitness.

Ever-present on the recent one-day tour of India, he is desperate to be named in the squad to face Pakistan.

"I missed it massively," said Patel. "And I want to play Test cricket."

Patel has given himself a chance of playing in the longest form of the game with his efforts in a losing side in India as England were whitewashed 5-0.

He scored 160 runs at an average of 40 in the five one-day games - including an an unbeaten 70 from 48 balls in the third match in Mohali.

Despite only taking one wicket in the first four one-dayers, he took 3-57 with his left-arm spin in the final game in Kolkata before helping England win the Twenty20 international.

He is longing to prove he can make the transition to Test cricket, although his chances of facing Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates depend on which two or three spinners England name in the squad.

Patel's Notts team-mate Graeme Swann remains an automatic choice as number one spinner - but other options include Monty Panesar, and youngsters such as Scott Borthwick.

And the Leicester-born star believes his chances of playing instead of Swann are probably unrealistic.

Patel explained: "I have to get my team-mate out of the way first. I don't think I can do that so I will have to play behind him as a second spinner.

"I think me and Swanny go well together and if England need a second spinner, hopefully I can be the one to do the job.

"I missed three years of international cricket and that's probably my fault.

"I loved every minute of getting back in and wearing the Three Lions, you can't really ask any more.

"I'm very happy with the way I performed but there are no guarantees. We have to the trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and then the English summer, which is going to be massive as well."

Patel believes his previous time touring in the subcontinent helped him tremendously second time around.

"I learnt the first time I toured in 2008," he added.

"That was a big learning experience. Going there again you would try to adjust to conditions better, and thankfully that happened for me.

"Results wise we didn't play very well but I am sure there are a lot of players on that trip who will have learnt a lot and will come back better players.

"We would have loved to have done better. We went to win the series and we didn't do that but the commitment was never in doubt.

"We have to go back there next winter for a Test and a one-day trip and I'm sure we'll go back a better team.

"It's been a pleasing year [for me]. If I'd have won more silverware with Notts it would have been better but it's pleasing it finished like that and I've just got to keep it going.

"I have to let the cricket do the talking. The squad gets announced for the Pakistan series just after Christmas, so fingers crossed."

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