Pattinson was most surprising ‘punt’ of all
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