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“I just got told I wasn’t consistent enough, which I thought was very wrong, very harsh”
England all-rounder Samit Patel has been snubbed by the national selectors for the past couple of series, but the 28-year-old finally lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after not being able to hold his tongue any longer.
In the recently concluded county season, Patel, who has been representing Nottinghamshire, scored 1,104 runs, which included four centuries, at a brilliant average of 42.46.
“All I can do is get hundreds here,” he said. “Actually I’m very disappointed that England haven’t been in contact in any format of the game. I’m very shocked and surprised but I think that’s the way it goes. My stats at the end of the year should get me back in that team.
“I just got told I wasn’t consistent enough, which I thought was very wrong, very harsh. Geoff [Miller] said I wasn’t consistent, which I wasn’t happy about. It’s unfair but you’ve just got to get on with it. Hopefully with my stats in white-ball cricket this year, I don’t think they can ignore that for too much longer.”
Patel has also taken 28 wickets, which he believes should be enough to convince Miller and the rest of the selection committee that he is back to his best.
“I need another crack at playing one-day cricket for England, that’s for sure,” he said. “I thought I had a great chance to be in the one day squad against Australia but they only picked one spinner and that’s just the way the selectors go I suppose.”