Victorian pacer James Pattinson is all set to earn a recall to the playing XI for the second test against New Zealand in Christchurch. Pattinson, who recently was back in the reckoning, was overlooked for Jackson Bird for the first test at the Basin Reserve. However, an injury to Peter Siddle has meant that Pattinson gets another chance to impress.

The pacer was excited and upbeat about his prospects in the second test. “I’ve had sore shins for a while, they can obviously turn into fractures, which is something I didn’t want to happen,” said Pattinson. “I think I bowled close to 35 overs so I’m full of confidence now. I probably bowled the best I have over the last six months. I’m starting to feel really good about my action and physically, I felt really good, too,” he added. “I’m probably back where I started, releasing the ball from that high position. I’m swinging the ball late and getting back to some good pace as well,” he said.

Pattinson also said that as a pacer, he would love the prospect of bowling on lush green pitches in New Zealand. “As fast bowlers, we’ve had to work hard for our wickets over the last six months in Australia. We’re licking our lips. I know all the bowlers are pretty pumped, the green wicket should play into our hands pretty well, hopefully.”

“The mistake that some bowlers make is they see it’s green and they float it up there. Whereas, a big thing for our bowling group is just to make sure that we’re still hitting that wicket hard. You have to be a lot fuller to get those nicks and entice them to drive. I think your line changes a little bit too, you try and make them play a little bit more as well obviously with the wicket being greener,” said a circumspect Pattinson.

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