Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 1st day January 3, 2012

India intimidated by quality bowling - Pattinson


Australia have intimidated India's batsmen with the quality of their bowling, capitalising on the visitors' haste to get started with a relentless line and full length, James Pattinson has said. Pattinson, the fast bowler, maintained a compelling start to his Test career with 4 for 43, including four of the top five, on day one of the second Test in Sydney.

Each of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar were defeated by full deliveries moving away from them, the first three edging into the cordon before Tendulkar dragged an attempted drive onto the stumps. Pattinson said he, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus had hounded India into error with their discipline.

"I think they're probably intimidated about the way we're bowling, the areas we're bowling, we're not giving them any loose balls," Pattinson said. "For them they've probably got it in their mind 'where are we going to score', because they're not getting any loose balls at the moment. Intimidation comes with us bowling really well."

Laxman has been the chief example of Australia's intelligent and hostile bowling, having made only five runs in three innings. This from the man who has tormented Australian teams for more than a decade with a string of sparkling and match-turning displays. This success had been discussed in the team room, Pattinson said.

"He's had great success against Australia in the past and that's something we've looked at, but if you bowl good balls it doesn't matter how good they are," he said. "On your day you can get them out, and I think early on they're coming pretty hard at us, looks like they want to score.

"That's even better from a bowlers' point of view to have them trying to score early on, try to drive you through the covers to a ball that probably wasn't quite there today. So it is great for us to see them wanting to do that, and if we can keep doing the right thing we'll keep going with success.

"The bubble around our bowling attack is amazing for the fact we're playing against such high-class opposition. We're just up for the challenge even more. If you come out on the day and don't bowl so well they can put you right on the back foot, therefore the day travels away from you a little bit."

In contrast to the full deliveries aimed at the batsmen, India's tail-enders have been peppered around the head with short stuff. It is not a pretty method, but has so far been quite effective.

"If you bowl a good enough short ball I think most tail-enders are pretty suspect. To be honest I don't like the short ball at my head," Pattinson said. "But it's just a credit to our bowlers, we're bowling really well. If you pitch the ball up [or short], you've still got to bowl in the right areas, you've got to bowl nice and straight. It is something the bowlers have done really well over the last month or two months that we've been playing."

Reflecting on his remarkable first three Tests and one innings, Pattinson said he had surpassed all his own expectations, and gave credit for that to his grounding with Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott over the preceding six months.

"I don't think anyone would have thought [I'd have such a good start]," he said. "You hope for it, but saying that, if you do all the right things, you bowl well, then you never know what might come your way. It has been a credit to Craig McDermott over the last six months that I've worked with him day in, day out, it is great I can work hard with him and see the results.

"My expectations were just to perform well. If I could go out there and take wickets, that's what I was trying to do, and try to get a regular spot in the Australian cricket team."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rohan on January 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @sweetspot - good comment...exactly my question - perhaps Pattinson should really come to India and show he can do there what he thinks he can do here...

    flat track bullies = fast track bullies

  • Roo on January 4, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @smudgeon... Well said... Though why so many blame Langer for batters brain-fades in the middle has me worried... He can't hold their hand - its their job to 'fill their boots'... He can only help with technique, he's not a psychologist...

  • Roo on January 4, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ... Your perpetual myths become boring... Arthur is the team coach - his boss (Team Performance) selects the coaches... Your un-Australian behaviour is a worry (are you a Pom?)... As far as Langer is concerned - perhaps it is the selection of the team that has been the problem in the past & not Langers fault... I guess you must be very unhappy with our current score in the first innings... lol... Try being happy with the positives rather than trolling...

  • Tanmay on January 4, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    BCCI should have done something with the scheduling....if they had played test matches vs WI pace battery of Rampaul-Roach & Edwards on fast & green tracks of Nagpur,Hyderabad & Mohali....the results in the current series would have been different...!

  • Alex on January 4, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    He will have many bad days. I am 100% sure of that.

  • syed on January 4, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Indian cricketers. They are facing the likes of fast bowlers that are not found in Indian subcontinent and playing on pitches that are foreign as well. To be competitive outside India, BCCI needs to focus on replicating the environment to help the cricketers succeed. I am sure BCCI now has the priorities reshuffled. It is just a matter of time since money is not an issue anymore. Kudos to Tendulkar for holding his own and, for all the myths about him being scared of fast bowlers, he has proved his mettle once again.

    -Pak fan

  • Simon on January 3, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    India have been hugely disappointing, again, so far :( If they're losing and failing to make big scores (they've only got over 400 only twice in their last 27 innings), they might as well be doing it with youngsters, I suppose, and then at least they'd be building for the future.

  • Earl on January 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Australia is a proud cricketing country.They will not stand for losing for too many years.They prepare to become better quickly.They lose badly to S.Africa,but come back to win.Lose to NZ and people think that India will have an easy time.Instead they are under serious pressure.Australia catches better than almost any other team.Had West Indies held on top some of their catches India would of been beatable.Sri Lanka fail to catch Kallis and the result is that he is still batting. What is it with this poking and fishing outside the off stump.What happened to stroke play? Too much leaving of balls then poking at others. See ball hit ball.

  • wayne on January 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Pattinson is doing better than we could have hoped. I like that he's confident too, and a bit of a mongrel (as all the good bowlers should be). Whether he's right about intimidating the Indian batsmen is irrelevant - he's doing his job with the ball, and he's doing it very well. If India can't find a way to negate his bowling, they're going to continue to struggle through the next 2½ tests. The thing that worries me though is Australia's lucky-dip performances with the bat. Still, I think they should persist with the new blood, who all have the talent and potential to score big on their day. Getting those days to become a regular occurrence should be Langer's priority. Kudos to Ponting though - we know his star has diminished, but he's been working his butt off and it's good to see him scoring runs again. I have a vague feeling he might even call it a day after this series (if it's a win for the Aussies), but we'll see...

  • simon on January 3, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @ SFay - would that be the #1 ranked side England that beat Australia by an innings 3 times last time they met or the England that just stuffed the world beating Indians 4-0? Either way J Pattinson wouldn't get a sniff of a game for them yet with the likes of Anderson, Bresnan, Broad, Finn, Onions, Tremlett etc etc

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