Patel withdrawn from one-day squad
Samit Patel has been informed that he will not be joining the England team for the Twenty20 and one-day international section of the Caribbean tour.
The decision follows Patel’s failure, despite repeated warnings, to reach an acceptable standard of fitness for international cricket. He will now remain with the England Lions for the conclusion of their tour of New Zealand.
Hugh Morris, the England Cricket managing director, said: “Samit Patel is a talented cricketer but he, like every other player who joins the senior England team, must be aware of the strict fitness criteria that will be set.
“It is extremely frustrating that Samit has not heeded the warnings of his county, Nottinghamshire, and the England national selector Geoff Miller as well as the England management and strength and conditioning team. In the circumstances we had no option but to de-select him from the tour.”
Patel’s fitness has been monitored since he returned from India in November after touring with the England one-day side. He has undertaken two fitness assessments since the start of the year and on both occasions the results were unsatisfactory.
Patel, 24, was informed of the decision yesterday by performance director David Parsons.
Miller, who also spoke to Patel, said: “The demands of international cricket are huge and Samit must recognise that fitness levels are a vital part of a successful team in international cricket.
“He really needs to understand and grasp that fact because his fitness levels have regressed between his first assessment during the build-up to the England Lions tour and the second Test during the first week in New Zealand.”
Adil Rashid of Yorkshire, who has been a part of the England Test squad, will now remain with the England squad in Trinidad for the Twenty20 against West Indies and the subsequent five one-day internationals.
Gareth Batty of Worcestershire will fly to Trinidad from the England Lions tour to replace Graeme Swann, who will return home after the Trinidad Test for an operation on his right elbow.
Swann said: “I have realised for some time that I would need surgery on the injury. We have managed it during the tour but the medical team believe this is the best time for operation.”
Morris added: “The summer of 2009 is extremely important for cricket in England and Wales and the team management are understandably anxious to have Graeme fit and available for the challenges ahead.”