Fast-talk­ing Aussie

Geelong Advertiser - - TAKE TWO - JAMES MACSMITH

JAMES Pat­tin­son says the Aus­tralian bowl­ing at­tack will rel­ish be­ing un­der­dogs in the loom­ing Test se­ries against South Africa.

YOUNG gun James Pat­tin­son says the Aus­tralian at­tack will rel­ish be­ing un­der­dogs in the loomi ng Test cricket pace bowl­ing show­down with a South Africa line-up ranked best in the world.

Aus­tralia will weigh up whether to go into the first Test at the Gabba on Novem­ber 9 with a four­pronged pace at­tack or in­clude three quicks and spin­ner Nathan Lyon.

Ei­ther way, Pat­tin­son ac­knowl­edges the se­lec­tors faced a tough choice de­cid­ing who to leave out from Peter Sid­dle, Ben Hil­fen­haus, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and him­self.

Sid­dle and Pat­tin­son will prob­a­bly lead the at­tack, and Hil­fen­haus, who starred with the ball against In­dia last sum­mer, has strong claims while Cummins and Starc are im­press­ing in the Twenty20 for­mat.

Starc’s left-arm­ers add a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion, mean­ing se­lec­tors could be forced to make a dif­fi­cult choice be­tween ris­ing star Cummins and the ex­pe­ri­enced Hil­fen­haus even if they choose a four-man at­tack.

‘‘It is go­ing to be pretty tough for the se­lec­tors, whether they play four seam­ers at the Gabba or play a spin­ner, and which four seam­ers they do play,’’ Pat­tin­son said.

‘‘ It is go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing. The best thing we can all do is make sure we are up and ready to go.

‘‘If it (se­lec­tion) comes, it comes — if it isn’t your day, so be it. You just put your head down and keep work­ing hard.’’

A recharged Pat­tin­son said the pres­sure would be on the Proteas’ line- up, which rates as the world’s premier bowl­ing at­tack.

In of­fi­cial Test rank­ings, Dale Steyn is No.1 with Ver­non Phi­lan­der No.2 while the other mem­ber of the cel­e­brated pace tri­umvi­rate, Morne Morkel, is No.9.


VIC­TO­RIAN STAR: Emerg­ing speed­ster James Pat­tin­son knows the Aussies face a big chal­lenge against South Africa.

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