Australian pace sensation James Pattinson was recalled to the test squad for the historic day and night test in Adelaide, as Mitchell Johnson announced his retirement.
Pattinson is expected to compete with Peter Siddle for the spot of the third seamer for the Adelaide test. Pattinson, who returned to competitive cricket recently from an injury, said that pace was his weapon, and he was ready to take on the Kiwis.
“People who know me, know that I go 100 miles an hour all the time… if I get injured I get injured,” Pattinson told reporters on Thursday. “I feel like I’m hitting the bat pretty hard and the ball is coming out quite well. I’ve played two Sheffield Shield games now and bowled over 40 overs in both, so I’m feeling good. I’m relaxed and really looking forward to it,” Pattinson added.
“I’ve managed to have a few good months of solid cricket, so I’m feeling really confident and relaxed with where I’m at,” said Pattinson assessing his workload.
With the rampant Mitchell Starc to lead the pace attack for the Pink ball test, it will be very interesting to know the combination of the Australians. In the case that Siddle and Pattinson both play, talented pacer Josh Hazlewood might have to miss out and warm the benches.