Patel insists the future's bright
Newly-appointed Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel has refused to provide predictions on where the Bears may finish next season - but insists the talent at Edgbaston can have them reaching for the sky.
New Zealand international Patel, 37, has been named as club captain as well as overseas player for 2018 although Grant Elliott, his fellow Black Cap, will take over in Twenty20 cricket.
"I'm not going to make any rash promises about what we might achieve because we know how much hard work lies ahead, but we have a lot of really talented players here - the guys who we have brought in this year, younger players who are coming through and the senior guys who have proved their quality over a number of years," Patel said.
"I have been at Warwickshire for quite a long time now so I know the players very well, their strengths and weaknesses and how they tick on and off the field, so that will help a lot."
Warwickshire's squad has been boosted by the arrival of ex-Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes in addition to those of Adam Hose and Dominic Sibley - who will be Patel's deputy - last season.
And Patel now feels equipped to get the best out of a team surprisingly relegated in 2017.
"I had a stint as captain at Wellington a few years ago but didn't really enjoy it because perhaps I wasn't quite ready for it," he added.
"But now I am a pretty experienced player and better-equipped to captain a side.
"I have been part of a lot of success at Warwickshire and then last season was not so good so I've seen both sides of the coin which is all good experience."
Meanwhile, England are 12/1 to retain The Ashes and 5/2 to win the second Test against Australia in Adelaide.
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