Samit Patel happy to cancel holiday and jet off with England

A trim-looking Samit Patel was already heading to the UAE next week on a post-season holiday. He will fly there instead as a member of the England squad to face Pakistan after replacing the injured Zafar Ansari as an all-rounder bowling left-arm spin. Even when Ansari dislocated his thumb nine days ago Patel did not think that he would be the beneficiary.

That changed at the start of the week when he was pulled to one side by Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket and an England selector.

Mick said they were thinking of Treddy James Tredwell and Gareth

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