Jeetan Patel appointed England's spin bowling consultant

Patel will be a part of the coaching setup for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka

"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.

England have appointed Jeetan Patel as their spin bowling advisor for the excursions of South Africa and Sri Lanka. He became, most observers believe, a far better all-round cricket long after the bulk of his worldwide career was complete, though he did make a brief reappearance in the New Zealand side in 2016 and 2017.

Jeetan Patel has a great deal of experience playing in England for Warwickshire and knows the players very well.

The deal is the second to follow Silverwood's appointment England's new head coach last week, with Paul Collingwood having also signed permanently as an assistant coach after previously working on a series-by-series basis.

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The 39-year-old also made 78 worldwide appearances for the Black Caps across all three formats after earning his debut in an ODI in 2005, taking 130 wickets and earning selection for the One-Day and T20 World Cups in 2007. He is now representing Wellington in New Zealand's Super Smash T20 competition and is set to play his last game for the franchise on 18 December against Central Districts.

England tour Sri Lanka next March.

Hugely respected around the county game, Patel has claimed 473 first-class wickets for Warwickshire - he has 892 all together and looks set to fall just short of the 1000 mark - at an average of 26.11 when other spinners have struggled to maintain a place in the game.

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