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Featured News | 1st September 2011

Samit Patel secured victory over India with three consecutive fours in the final over to as England continued to inch towards a tour whitewash in their one-off Twenty20 at Old Trafford.

Patel, who broke his bat with a powerful stroke, finished unbeaten on 25 as England recovered from a slow start in each innings.

Debutant Alex Hales went leg before facing his second ball in international cricket whilst the Indian top order began with a flurry of boundaries before Jade Dernbach halted their progress with a bowling analysis of 4-22.

"We probably didn't start as well as we might have done," said Broad.

"But the way we clawed it back was testimony to the character of the side. It was fantastic to see a few guys really stand up and deliver.

"Anyone who comes in feels very welcome and has confidence and ability to show their skills. Jade hasn't been involved in the Test matches but comes in and bowls the way he does.

"That is testament to the way the bowlers have been operating at the moment and hopefully we can continue that throughout the English summer and into the winter."

Hales pointed out on his twitter feed that his Outlaws t20 debut had also resulted in a second ball duck and two Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies at The Oval on 23 and 25 September will give him the opportunity to demonstrate the prowess that earned him the England call.

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