By Andrew Alderson in Birmingham

If anyone should have a dossier on how the Edgbaston pitch might perform in Wednesday night's World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa, it's former Black Caps spinner Jeetan Patel.

These days the 39-year-old captains Warwickshire, living summer to summer between Wellington and Birmingham.

He earns his living the old pro way, tweaking a ball around the English county circuit rather than parachuting into global Twenty20 franchises. Patel has clocked up 10 seasons at the club, nine of them in succession from 2011. He lives with his wife and two children in the