Pat­tin­son was most sur­pris­ing ‘punt’ of all

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LAST week’s bla­tant ref­er­ences to Keaton Jen­nings be­ing South Africa born and raised by TV broad­cast­ers and other me­dia made me think about some of the other non-Eng­land or Wales born play­ers the se­lec­tors have turned to over re­cent times.

De­scribed at the time by Ian Botham as a most out­ra­geous punt was Aussie Dar­ren Pat­tin­son’s se­lec­tion for the Head­in­g­ley Test against South Africa eight years ago.

Shar­ing the open­ing bowler role with Stu­art Broad against the likes of Ash­well Prince, Neil McKen­zie (one of the best leavers of a ball I’ve ever seen), and AB de Vil­liers, he de­fied ex­pec­ta­tion by tak­ing 2-95 off 30 overs. GRA­HAM HERT­FORD

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