COLOMBO: Samit Patel said he was hopeful his all-round talents would help him win a Test cap for England during the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. The 27-year-old Nottinghamshire player will vie with Ravi Bopara for the batting spot left vacant after the exclusion of Eoin Morgan for the two-Test series starting on March 26. Patel, a left-arm spinner and right-hand batsman who has played 25 One-Day Internationals and eight Twenty20s for England, hoped to prove his Test credentials in the two warm-up matches in Colombo. “It’s a massive opportunity and I will push my case in the warm-up games,” said Patel.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2012.