PA­TEL CALLS FOR PAY­BACK TIME

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SAMIT PA­TEL is out to make sure Eng­land’s one-day in­ter­na­tion­als in­flict “pay­back” on Pak­istan for their Test se­ries white­wash.

Alas­tair Cook’s team be­gan that process by ham­mer­ing their hosts in the first one­day in­ter­na­tional – and Pa­tel is in­tent on more of the same over three more matches.

Pa­tel will have his next chance at the Zayed Sta­dium, but mere back-to-back vic­to­ries in Abu Dhabi will not sat­isfy the Eng­land all-rounder.

Pa­tel con­trib­uted three wick­ets, and 17 runs from just 12 balls, as Eng­land cashed in on ca­reer-best per­for­mances from open­ing bats­man Cook and fast bowler Steven Finn to go 1-0 up with a 130-run win.

“We’re look­ing to ab­so­lutely nail this se­ries, to beat them 4-0, white­wash them – ob­vi­ously a bit of pay­back for the Test se­ries,” said the 27-year-old.

“The boys are geared up for it, we know ex­actly what it’s go­ing to take.

“It’s im­por­tant to high­light the skill lev­els we need against their spin­ners.

“It would be a great achieve­ment to beat them 4-0 in their own back­yard. But that’s the aim.

“That would be fan­tas­tic. We’ve got to aim high.

“It’s been a tough pe­riod that we’ve had, but you’ve got to take the ups and downs re­ally and move for­ward – and we’re do­ing that right now.”

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