Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England rope in Jeetan Patel as spin-bowling consultant

England rope in Jeetan Patel as spin-bowling consultant

After working with England last month during their T20 series against the Black Caps, Patel was given an opportunity to stay on with the team for their upcoming tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka and he felt the time was right to transition from player to coach.

The former New Zealand global was part of the backroom team for the five-match Twenty20 series against the Black Caps last month, which England won 3-2. He will play his last match for the Firebirds in the Super Smash against Central Stags at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday December 18. He made his debut for Wellington, the city of his birth, in 2000. Most pertinently, he all but reinvented himself as a cricketer at an age when others are considering retirement.

Patel is no stranger to this role and did assist England during the T20Is in New Zealand. With age, he has grown more consistent, adding extra elements to his bowling.

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Patel has one year left on his contract with Warwickshire. 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.

The 39-year-old will also be part of the white ball stage of the South African tour, which includes three ODIs and three IT20s.

He will also accompany England during their Test tour of Sri Lanka, slated to start in March 2020.

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