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NZ spinner Patel talks up English know-how

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/05/2017

Spin bowler Jeetan Patel © Getty Images Spin bowler Jeetan Patel Jeetan Patel says his value to the Black Caps in the Champions Trophy will come off the field as much as on it.

Veteran offspinner Patel joined the New Zealand squad ahead of their final match of the tri-series against Bangladesh in Dublin on Wednesday.

His arrival was curtailed by a heavy workload with his English county Warwickshire, where he has barely had a break since playing in the one-day international and Test series against South Africa on home soil in March.

The 37-year-old's prolific county record partly explained his selection for a tournament played at three UK venues, including his home-away-from-home of Edgbaston in Birmingham.

They will play their third group game there against Bangladesh after opening matches against Australia and England at The Oval in London.

"You get to know the grounds but (my value) is the little things," Patel said.

"It's how to get from A to B and all the things that would normally cause you a little bit of trouble when you're abroad.

"It's like playing in a home series, effectively."

If selected, Patel hopes he can prove his form in Wednesday's dead-rubber, with unbeaten New Zealand having already clinched the tri-series.

He admits it won't be easy to force a starting place in the strongest XI next month, with the stocks of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner having risen. Santner soared to 11th in the ODI bowler rankings released this week by the ICC.

"Mitch is in the top 15 in the world now. That's an amazing feat for him, considering the (small) amount of cricket that he has played," Patel said.

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