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Newell backs Patel's England call

Samit Patel
All-rounder Patel has come through the Notts academy (Getty)

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell says all-rounder Samit Patel has earned his place in the England one-day squad.

Newell said: "It's particularly pleasing that a local player has come through the Notts academy and made it into the national squad.

"He's a very committed player. This is the opportunity he's been waiting for."

County team-mates Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom join Patel in the squad to face South Africa.

It will give some of our players a chance to shine

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire director of cricket
Meanwhile, much maligned seamer Darren Pattinson has been included in the England Lions squad to take on the tourists.

Newell said: "Darren will benefit from playing in the Lions game and it's a clear indicator that he's not been forgotten.

"It gives him another chance to play against South Africa without the pressure of a Test Match environment and hopefully he'll do well.

"We'll have to look at player availability when our England players go away and it's certainly going to stretch the squad but it will also give some of our players a chance to shine in important fixtures."

see also
Bopara replaces Vaughan in squad
04 Aug 08 |  England
Notts go clear with Rose Bowl win
02 Jul 08 |  Counties
ICC Champions Trophy 2008
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket
England receive kind Trophy draw
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket

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