Date of birth – 30 Nov 1984 Leicester

Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 3 July 2002 v West Indies A (h)

Samit Patel’s stock rose even higher during 2012 when he played Test match cricket for the first time.

The all-rounder first represented England in 2008 and became a t20 international three years later. Completing the full set, of appearing in all three disciplines, was high on Samit’s list of ambitions and was achieved with a Test debut in Sri Lanka.

The hard-hitting right-hander and wily, slow left-arm spinner made his Nottinghamshire county debut more than a decade ago and he has played a part in two championship triumphs, taking the title-winning catch at Old Trafford in 2010.

Samit is Nottinghamshire’s very own ‘Mr t20’, as he holds virtually all of the club records, making more appearances, scoring most runs and taking more wickets for the Outlaws than any other player.

On the back of a busy winter, which saw Samit play in the ICC World t20 in Sri Lanka, play a full role in the tour of India and represent England in New Zealand, he will be hoping to maintain his form and fitness through a busy domestic summer.

With Champions Trophy and Ashes spots up for grabs, plus the opportunity of helping his county to further honours, Samit is hoping to be a key-man for club and country in 2013.