A notable thing in the otherwise dull first test between Australia and West Indies at Hobart was that pacer James Pattinson was bowling with a modified action. Pattinson took everyone by surprise with his action change, and it proved to be effective as Pattinson took a five wicket haul on the third day. Australia’s bowling coach Craig McDermott revealed the details of his bowling change to ESPN Cricinfo.
“In a transition from an old action to a new action, sometimes in competition your body will want to go back a little bit to the way it was,” McDermott explained. “That happened in the second innings a little bit, but it was more about Patto jumping in a straight line through the crease and going towards the target with his body and getting his arm path down a little bit below the perpendicular and his wrist behind the ball all the time.
“The bottom half is still different. Sometimes his back foot gets a bit more front on down the wicket, but generally he’s travelling pretty well. We tried to get his back foot as far towards 90 degrees as we possibly could to start with, knowing that when you get back into competition mode it’s always going to creep back the other way. He’s anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees at any one stage so it’s not too bad,” Australia’s bowling coach added.
Pattinson will look to target his return in the ODI format for the upcoming India series and if not then the upcoming World T20s will be his main aim. Mitchell Stark’s injury has opened up a space in Aussie pace lineup and with Pattinson on road to comeback, it wud be good news for Darren Lehman and Co.