NZ spinner Patel links with England team as coach

Tanya Simon
December 4, 2019

The 39-year-old Patel has retired from his nearly two-decade first-class career with Wellington in New Zealand to take up the spin bowling consultant role with the England team.

Patel, who was a part of England's profitable five-match IT20 sequence victory over New Zealand final month, has introduced his retirement from Cricket Wellington. Now playing for Wellington Firebirds, he has announced his retirement from Cricket Wellington and will play his last match in the Super Smash against Central Stags on December 18.

Patel has enjoyed a remarkable playing career with experiences the England management believe will be transferable as a coach. With age, he has grown more consistent, adding extra elements to his bowling.

"The opportunity to take up a role with England is one that doesn't come around often and one I simply can't turn down", Patel said. He got to know the England men's team director, Ashley Giles, from their time together at Warwickshire - Giles was coach and then director of cricket, while Patel was overseas player and then captain - with the pair sharing numerous same qualities.

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Patel, however, remains contracted to Warwickshire for 2020. Feisty and competitive on the pitch, Patel gained a reputation as a positive, nurturing captain at Warwickshire.

The 39-year-old may even be a part of the white-ball leg of the South Africa tour, which incorporates three ODIs and three IT20s.

England will play four Tests, three one-day internationals and three T20s in South Africa before travelling to Sri Lanka for two Tests at the end of March.

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