Pa­tel hop­ing T20 fi­nal hero­ics will earn him Eng­land call

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET - DAVID CHARLESWORTH

SAMIT PA­TEL ex­pressed his “hurt” at be­ing over­looked by Eng­land af­ter de­liv­er­ing a stand­out re­minder of his tal­ents to se­lec­tors by in­spir­ing Not­ting­hamshire to glory in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Pa­tel, who says he has had no com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the hier­ar­chy since be­ing un­used for Eng­land’s tour of South Africa a lit­tle un­der two years ago, came to the crease in the fi­nal at Edg­bas­ton with Notts in some trou­ble at 30-3 against Birm­ing­ham Bears.

He mixed ma­tu­rity with bru­tal­ity in his 64 not out from 42 balls and shared a 132-run stand along­side Bren­dan Tay­lor that helped the Out­laws to a 22- run win in front of a bois­ter­ous crowd in Birm­ing­ham.

Pa­tel was never far from the ac­tion on Fi­nals Day, in­clud­ing claim­ing the key wicket of Shahid Afridi in Not­ting­hamshire’s semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Hamp­shire ear­lier in the day, but he was most im­pressed with his run out of Birm­ing­ham dan­ger­man Ed Pol­lock, say­ing: “I’ve never hit the stumps be­fore!”

And af­ter star­ring in the win over Birm­ing­ham that sealed a do­mes­tic lim­ited-overs dou­ble for Not­ting­hamshire, the 32-yearold was quick to re­mind Eng­land that he was still avail­able.

He said: “I’d be dis­ap­pointed if they didn’t watch that. Play­ing for Eng­land is the ut­most best for me. I love play­ing for Eng­land. Ev­ery time I put on an Eng­land shirt I don’t think that I’ve let them down. You al­ways put your­self out there. You’ve got to be the right man to do it on the day and luck­ily enough for me it was. I think class will al­ways show re­gard­less of what the sit­u­a­tion is.”

He seemed to be par­tic­u­larly irked that he is seem­ingly not in con­tention in Eng­land’s lim­ite­dovers sides, hav­ing been a key player for Not­ting­hamshire in their T20 Blast and Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup tri­umphs this year.

He added: “Yeah it has hurt, es­pe­cially in the white-ball for­mat. I’m an am­bi­tious player. Putting on that Eng­land shirt, it means every­thing to me.

“They haven’t spo­ken to me since the South Africa trip that I went on and didn’t play. I have thought about pick­ing up the phone but there’s only one win­ner there and it won’t go down well if I pick up the phone.”

Re­flect­ing on Not­ting­hamshire’s suc­cess, he said: “We have a great team spirit. We win to­gether and we lose to­gether. We al­ways play cricket to win, and win tro­phies. We have won two this year.”

Pa­tel’s stand with Tay­lor lifted Notts to 190-4, a to­tal that proved be­yond Birm­ing­ham – de­spite Sam Hain’s 72 from 44 balls – as they re­sponded with 168-8.

Notts’ for­mer Engl;and coach, Peter Moores, said: Moores said: “He’s al­ways been a re­ally good player, there’s no doubt about that, but I think he’s found a new level of tempo and ma­tu­rity whereby he’s be­com­ing very con­sis­tent as a bat­ter.

“I would say the same to Samit to any player: ‘your job’s to put the per­for­mances in, you can’t con­trol whether they pick you or not’. I can hear his frus­tra­tion at times be­cause he’s played well, the key is to keep do­ing it.”

PETER MOORES: Has urged Not­ting­ham’s T20 hero Samit Pa­tel to build on his fi­nal hero­ics

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