Australia v India, 1st Test, MCG, 4th day December 29, 2011

'It's a dream come true' - Pattinson


James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, has described his first Boxing Day Test as "a dream come true" after he won the Man-of-the-Match award in the 122-run victory over India. Pattinson, 21, was born and raised in Melbourne and regularly attended MCG Tests with his family, and he had plenty of support from his hometown crowd as he collected match figures of 6 for 108.

In doing so, he compiled an impressive list of victims, including Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni, although he did not manage to claim the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. Asked if his first Boxing Day Test was everything he expected it to be, Pattinson said "and more".

"For me it's a dream come true to play cricket for Australia," Pattinson said. "To be out there on Boxing Day and against India, with the batting line-up ... I know Sachin … I wasn't even born when he started playing cricket. To go out there and bowl against him and have some success against their batsmen is just unbelievable. To get a win is even better."

Pattinson showed plenty of aggression against India, who came in to the match with a line-up boasting 53,560 Test runs, an all-time record for a team's aggregate. He was no-balled for bowling three bouncers in an over during India's second innings, and although he didn't pick up a wicket with a bouncer, it proved an effective way to keep the batsmen guessing.

"[It was] not really a conscious effort, it's just the way I play cricket," Pattinson said. "It's the way I've been brought up. I like to attack, I like to go out there and do my own stuff. It's not a conscious effort; it's just the way I play."

It wasn't just Pattinson's wickets that contributed to Australia's victory. In the first innings, he finished unbeaten on 18 and in the second he was not out on 37, one of only four men to reach double figures. In that knock he played some fine strokes, including a couple of searing drives past mid-off against the bowling of Umesh Yadav.

His 43-run partnership with Ben Hilfenhaus for the final wicket was vital, as it took India's target from less than 250 to a not-so-manageable 292. Only once in his five Test innings has he failed to reach double figures, and he knew that his runs at the end of Australia's batting performance could have been match-deciding.

"Nowadays the way cricket is going, you need to be able to bat towards the end. You've seen so many valuable partnerships from the last two in many games of cricket. It's something that I've put a big emphasis on in the nets.

"It does help. It does put the game back in our favour and the opening batsmen didn't want to be stuck out there too much longer, which they were. So it was big for us and it's just good that I can help out with the bat."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on December 31, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    yeah eng have second tier attack why ? because they are horrible in subcontinent evenjhonson struggling has great record in subcontinent just as tendulkar proved outside india and scores runs he has average more than asia 56 outside same for anderson averages 30 in england 28 that too is poor and 50 in asia also broad and bresnan was looking club bowler in india one day series zaheer averages 30 in carrier same as anderson playing in india zahher is far miles away than anderson beat bowling attack is aussie m sure patto cummins will do great in india then sa steyn proved in india he is good in asia then india zaheer fit ishnt bowling 150 and aaron can bowl150 as for other team pakistan zunaid is good but medium pace cheema is 132 not great gul consideribly droped his pace srilanka honstly they have to find bowlers but pak have beat spin attack in the world aussie are no 1 attack for me with sa but sa have to find back up

  • zenboomerang on December 31, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    @Pras_Punter :- "not sure whether Mitchell Johnson will find a place in the Test XI"... I think that is a given at the moment... A fit Harris is still the no.1 fast bowler for Oz... Pattinson has shown his class as the no.2... While Siddle has matured this season into a no.3 ... Hilfy showing good form & another no.3 bowler... Cummins a no.2 or 3 bowler returns in a few weeks... With Cutting, Coulter-Nile, Rimmington, Butterworth, Faulkner, Starc, Hogan, Copeland, Herrick, Lalor looking good... Johnson will really have to perform showing good line&length with the ability to protect & tie up one end (which he never has done in the past) to get a restart in Test cricket & that can only be through County cricket or next years Sheffield Shield season... He may turn into a ODI / T20 bowler...

  • hharish on December 30, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Pattinson and Cummins will take Australia to the top for sure. Careers of Sachin, Dravid , Ponting , Husseys will come to an end and we have seen enough of these players. Want to see how Pattinson and CUmmins emulate the great McGrath and Co. Hats Off. You guys are great. Go and Win for Oz.

  • AlanHarrison on December 30, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    @ Shan156: It seems to me world cricket is very hard to predict at the moment. You have England winning series 4-0 and 3-0 at home against India and then getting stuffed 5-0 in India. Then you have Australia who one week will get bowled out for 47 or lose at home to the Kiwis, and then produce a victory like this. And finally you have South Africa whose bowlers look very potent one minute, and then lose at home to a team who hasn't won any of their last 15 previous tests. All of the teams mentioned are very inconsistent (not to mention Pakistan ... ) Hence I think it's very easy at the moment for fans of respective teams to make boasts about how good they are and how they are heading for world domination on the basis of selective evidence, but we'll have to wait a while for convincing evidence either way

  • dummy4fb on December 30, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    junaid khan is truddler medium pacer we r talking genuine pace like pattison yadav cummins ishant steyn morkel finn

  • PrasPunter on December 30, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Pattinson, Cummins, Sidds, a rejunevated Hilfy, Starc, ... if these guys do what they are currently doing and stay fit, not sure whether Mitchell Johnson will find a place in the Test XI. Any thoughts ?

  • dummy4fb on December 30, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I knew that India had to bat the heck out of themselves and they didnt not. In the 1st innings they showed great composure (even Sehwag with his fortunes, slightly reigned himself in a bit) until they started loosing footing all of a sudden. One thing was true as I thought it would. Aus bowling attack. They were just great. Even the first ball of a spell was never a freebie like the commentators said. Indian counterparts didnt fare any much different but they weaned off the tail enders a bit by bowling short and wide more often and Dhoni kept the field far away. I dont understand why he is that way! I would drop Kohli (not because he aint good but to strengthen the bowling) and get Praveen Kumar into the side. If it spins too much then Ojha! They better bowl line and length this time and that too consistently. Aid yourself with some toe crunching yorkers for cricket sake India! And I hear Harris is coming in for Aus for Lyon. So no coffee break for Indian batsmen at Syd!

  • AidanFX on December 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    What is it with Eng fans always commenting on their second tier bowlers... ???

  • zenboomerang on December 30, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    @Beertjie... Yes, there is a lot of talent at Sheffield Shield level waiting to come out & show their bowling skills at Test level... Also a number of good young batsmen waiting to be picked for SS & Test duties - the problem is that Ponting, Hussey, Haddin are holding them back from developing... Wade has one of the best batting rates in SS this season at 63.2 & out performs Haddin at FC level - he is also 10 years younger... Nevill, Christian, Voges, Forrest, Bailey, Townsend - all averaging over 50 with the bat this SS season... Lots of good performers waiting to step up...

  • Wozza-CY on December 30, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Most impressed by the way he bowled to SRT. He knew he was the key wicket and got upset when he gave him his release shot by slipping onto his pads/hip. Even when he took a wicket he was still upset about letting SRT off the hook. Then he started his line wide of the off & worked his radar in. Once there he kept it outside off & frustrated the life out of him. Siddle came on & bowled a wide half volley to get SRT out. Pattinsons wicket for mine.

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