I doubt I’ll play, says Pat­tin­son

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - RUS­SELL GOULD

JAMES Pat­tin­son isn’t ex­pect­ing to play in the first Test in Bris­bane de­spite be­ing picked in the 14-man squad.

The Vic­to­rian fire­brand be­lieves the NSW trio of Pat Cum­mins, Josh Ha­zle­wood and Mitchell Starc will get the bowl­ing du­ties when the first clash with Pakistan starts next Thurs­day.

But Pat­tin­son, who played two Ashes Tests this year, was also con­fi­dent his time would come this sum­mer, as the now 29-year-old craved for his first Test in Aus­tralia since 2016.

“It will be a tough gig to get in the team, but it’s great to get in to that squad,” Pat­tin­son said af­ter tak­ing 2-56 on day three of the Sh­effield Shield clash with Queens­land at the MCG. “There’s noth­ing like play­ing a home sum­mer and if I stay fit and on the park I’m sure that chance will come.

“Se­lec­tion is on a game-togame ba­sis, but if I am just there, stay­ing fit, bowl­ing well, putting my name for­ward, at some stage I will get the nod.”

Pat­tin­son’s own ex­cite­ment at get­ting picked was mixed with dis­ap­point­ment for Vic­to­rian team­mate Mar­cus Har­ris, who was dropped af­ter a lean run in the Ashes. De­spite outscor­ing Queens­lan­der Joe Burns, who was picked to open with David Warner, in both the Sh­effield Shield this sea­son and in the Aus­tralia A “batoff”, Har­ris was left out of the 14-man squad com­pletely.

But Pat­tin­son in­sisted the left-han­der, who has played nine Tests, would bounce back.

“It will just make him hun­grier,” he said.

Pat­tin­son said he wants to throw his arms around three team­mates who have been side­lined by men­tal health is­sues, declar­ing the spot­light on sports­peo­ple has never been more in­tense.

Af­ter be­ing told he was in­cluded in the Test squad, Pat­tin­son found out that Vic­to­rian com­rade Will Pu­cov­ski had re­moved him­self from con­tention as he con­tin­ued to deal with his men­tal well­be­ing.

Hav­ing al­ready seen Glenn Maxwell and then Nic Maddin­son take sim­i­lar steps in re­cent weeks, Pat­tin­son said the “mi­cro­scope” ath­letes were un­der was hav­ing a big­ger im­pact than ever be­fore.

“I just think some­times life can be hard for peo­ple and it’s harder on some peo­ple than oth­ers,” he said. “The way sport is now, you get put in the spot­light all the time, it’s al­most like there is a mi­cro­scope on you. I’ll be putting my arm around Will and the boys and see­ing if they are OK.”

KEEP­ING FIT: James Pat­tin­son hopes to get a Test this sum­mer.

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