Australia news July 19, 2012

Three formats 'a lot of pressure' - Pattinson

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Pattinson has conceded that he has found it hard to balance all three forms of the game, and he said he was not disappointed at being left out of Australia's 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20. Despite being part of Australia's most recent T20 series in the West Indies, Pattinson was one of the surprise omissions from Australia's initial squad announced on Wednesday, from which a final 15-man group will be chosen.

Pattinson, 22, signed with the Melbourne Stars on Thursday for a one-year Big Bash League deal, but he said at international level he was happy for his focus to remain on the longer forms of the game. Asked whether he was disappointed not to be part of the 30-man group, Pattinson said: "Not really, I suppose where I am with my cricket now there's a big emphasis on me playing the longer formats of the game - Test cricket and one-day cricket.

"I think, being young, it's pretty hard to juggle all three forms of the game at my age. I'm just excited to be involved in the one-day and Test team and, look, if the chance comes when I'm a bit older, I'd love to take that. Probably another thing, my performances haven't been too great in Twenty20 cricket of late.

"As a 22-year-old I have found it quite hard to juggle all three forms at the one time, it's quite a lot of pressure on you. For me it's probably easier to go back to the two formats and concentrate on that while I'm young and inexperienced."

Pattinson remains part of Australia's one-day international plans and was named in the squad to take on Pakistan in the UAE in three ODIs starting next month. Pattinson and the offspinner Nathan Lyon were two of the most surprising omissions from the World T20 expanded group, after both appeared to be in the selectors' plans for the short format earlier this year.

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  • Andrew on July 20, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - I agree 101% on your rationale for T20 selection. IF the T20 w/cup was played every 4 years, I'd consider throwing in an extra Test specialist or two, assuming they were a better allround bowler or batsmen (or both), in a W/Cup lead up. With nothing but a gut feel, I think T20s are not good for the tracking of bowlers who aspire to be test quality. I think once you get to the peak & have performed well for some period of time as a Test bowler, then you'd be better suited to play more T20s. With someone like Cummins, I'd be happy if after this W/Cup, they say listen mate, we want you to specialise as a Test bowler & pull him out of the BBL (won't happen), & he can play Futures League (or Internationals) whilst the circus plays. I have no problems with the way Oz went about selecting sides in the WIndies (blended squads), as I felt distance meant the NSP hedged their bets a bit & were looking to acclimatise some players.

  • Terry on July 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Sensible thinking from the young man. With young bowlers i'd give them a handful of ODI's early to introduce them to international cricket before pointing them (i'm talking about Pattinson, Cummins, Starc , Lyons ...maybe guys like Cutting) at Tests and preparing with that in mind with 4 day Shield cricket instead of 4 over a day giggle cricket. T20 bowling should be the preserve of specialists (ie those not good enough for Tests) and old timers like Nannes and the recently retired Lee.

  • Bryn on July 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    to be honest there are so many great bowlers australia have that can play t20s i think cummins, pattinson, hilfenhaus, siddle and starc should all be withheld for the longer formats anyway.

  • Rakesh on July 19, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    who cares about T 20, good to see him concentrating on longer formats

  • Andrew on July 19, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    I really think the T20 squad in the WIndies was just a matter of convenience due to concerns over distance. There was little point sending a seperate T20 & ODI squads for a couple of games. So the ODI & T20 squad were relatively similar - there was an eye on the test series as well, which IMO was significant in why Lyon got a go. Patto could be argued (as he himself even admitted) hasn't been brilliant in the format. == == == Seemed to be a fairly honest type of interview, although I suspect ceretly he'd be spewing he wasn't in the squad, just from a healthy ego point of view. Interesting he appears to refer to his age several times in the interview.

  • Satish on July 19, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Format a pressure or stay fit through is a lot of pressure.. Good bowler but its not justice to his potential if he can't stay fit through..

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