Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 28, 2012

Pattinson returns at Harris' expense

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James Pattinson has been recalled to Australia's ODI squad for the final phase of the triangular series at the expense of Ryan Harris, after proving himself fit to return from more than a month out of action due to a foot injury.

Having delivered a hostile display for Victoria's Futures League team against South Australia in Adelaide, where he returned match figures of 6 for 37, Pattinson was deemed the right man to replace Harris, who has struggled for rhythm during his ODI appearances in the triangular series.

However John Inverarity, the national selector, stressed that Harris remained a part of Test match plans for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies in April. He was subsequently named as part of the Queensland squad for Thursday's Sheffield Shield fixture against New South Wales at the SCG.

"James Pattinson is fit again and after impressive recent form in a Futures League match in Adelaide, comes into the squad at expense of Ryan Harris, who has been dropped," Inverarity said. "Ryan remains strongly in contention for selection for the Test matches on the tour of the West Indies."

Pattinson was a staunch performer for Australia in the home Tests, winning match awards in Brisbane against New Zealand and Melbourne against India for his fast, aggressive outswing bowling and tidy lower-order batting.

However, he complained of foot soreness during the SCG Test and missed the remainder of the India series as medical staff took care to ensure his stress hot spots did not bloom into fractures.

The other quandary facing the selectors is whether or not to play the captain, Michael Clarke, in Friday's final round-robin fixture against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

Clarke missed Australia's previous match against India in Sydney due to a back complaint, and after Shane Watson led the side ably at the SCG there may be cause to let Clarke rest until the first final on Sunday in Brisbane.

Inverarity said another player may yet be called into the squad if the circumstances dictated it.

"Michael Clarke is making a good recovery and is likely to resume on Friday," he said. "The selectors will consider adding an extra player to this squad for the Finals matches, if conditions warrant it."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • agupta429 on March 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @abbas mahmood

    If this series saw 'Annhilation', it was India that did it.

  • agupta429 on March 1, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @abbas Mahmood .. No team has had an upper hand on any other team in the Cb series... If anyone did any sort of Annhilation, it was India ..

    Go and enjoy pakistan in Abu Dhabi

  • Busie1979 on March 1, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @ dunger.bob - Don't get me wrong. I can see the logic in it. I just don't think dropping players so quickly is the best thing for the bowling unit. When Australia were the #1 ranked test team, McGrath, Gillespie, Warne and Lee picked themselves and were hardly ever dropped after a bad game. Same should apply here. The team needs consistency and guys need to know their position is secure. It sends a message to the other guys as well - take wickets or you'll be dropped very quickly. It reminds me of the time they were rotating Symonds, Shane Lee and Ian Harvey through the ODI side. Symonds complained that if he didn't score runs in any given game, he would lose his spot and that was affecting his cricket. Then he had that breakaway innings at the world cup, the selectors gave him a permanent spot and the rest is history. Whether it is Harris, Pattinson, McKay or anyone else, the selectors should make guys feel secure in the team so they have confidence to produce their best.

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Chris_P - just on MJ, I'd have no dramas with him being in the ODI & T20 sides - he has done well there! @Tumbarumbar - know what you mean - but Oz haven't been having the starts that SL have had in this series. With Punter in we were often 2 or 3 down for not many this summer. So Forrest has had some restrictions on how he can play. He seems to be able to clear the ropes & hit 4s - his problem is not getting the singles & I agree he does seem to increase the chance of a run out (for his partners)! I think the jury is still out on him as an ODI batsmen - & it really does appear that he his trialling for a Baggy Green.

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Whatever happens i can't wait for india to be annihilated in this series....

  • Tumbarumbar on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Got to agree with a number of posters that Forest just isn't a one day batsman. The era of the anchorman is done and dusted and he has to bear the blame for Clarke in particular getting out in the two partnerships he's had with him because Clarke has had to play up tempo the entire time, as have all his partners, to compensate for his restrictions. And he always seems on the verge of running someone out. He is the obvious one to drop for Clarke.

  • Chris_P on February 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Rhino is a far better test bowler with the figures to back this up. (And in Sri Lankan dry wickets as well, Kavindeven). He is a great back up to Pattinson, Hilfy, Siddle, Cummins. With Starc, Faulkner, Copeland (also proved his worth on sub continent wickets), Cutting (please no more MJ, please selectors!) we got pace bowling cover tied up. Now if only some top shelf batsmen start to emerge.............

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    any bowller play friday match sri lanka wii win, do or die match for sri lankans, not easy for aussis

  • dunger.bob on February 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ Busie1979: that's the thing though. Ryan has looked the least of the bowlers in every game he has played. .. it's a matter of opinion I guess but I never at any stage felt that he was in control. He was putting the ball there, rather than sending it down confidently. ... it's hard to explain but I will stick with the right call was made in the end. .. it's not over for R. Harris, but he will have to work very, very hard to get back in from here. .. can't see a spot for him at the top level until he starts to get back to his old self. .. maybe not even then in the ODI side .. too much young fast bowling talent around atm to need the older blokes.

  • Romenevans on February 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Shave the Grass off, and they all are bunnies...!

  • agupta429 on March 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @abbas mahmood

    If this series saw 'Annhilation', it was India that did it.

  • agupta429 on March 1, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @abbas Mahmood .. No team has had an upper hand on any other team in the Cb series... If anyone did any sort of Annhilation, it was India ..

    Go and enjoy pakistan in Abu Dhabi

  • Busie1979 on March 1, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @ dunger.bob - Don't get me wrong. I can see the logic in it. I just don't think dropping players so quickly is the best thing for the bowling unit. When Australia were the #1 ranked test team, McGrath, Gillespie, Warne and Lee picked themselves and were hardly ever dropped after a bad game. Same should apply here. The team needs consistency and guys need to know their position is secure. It sends a message to the other guys as well - take wickets or you'll be dropped very quickly. It reminds me of the time they were rotating Symonds, Shane Lee and Ian Harvey through the ODI side. Symonds complained that if he didn't score runs in any given game, he would lose his spot and that was affecting his cricket. Then he had that breakaway innings at the world cup, the selectors gave him a permanent spot and the rest is history. Whether it is Harris, Pattinson, McKay or anyone else, the selectors should make guys feel secure in the team so they have confidence to produce their best.

  • Meety on March 1, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Chris_P - just on MJ, I'd have no dramas with him being in the ODI & T20 sides - he has done well there! @Tumbarumbar - know what you mean - but Oz haven't been having the starts that SL have had in this series. With Punter in we were often 2 or 3 down for not many this summer. So Forrest has had some restrictions on how he can play. He seems to be able to clear the ropes & hit 4s - his problem is not getting the singles & I agree he does seem to increase the chance of a run out (for his partners)! I think the jury is still out on him as an ODI batsmen - & it really does appear that he his trialling for a Baggy Green.

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Whatever happens i can't wait for india to be annihilated in this series....

  • Tumbarumbar on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Got to agree with a number of posters that Forest just isn't a one day batsman. The era of the anchorman is done and dusted and he has to bear the blame for Clarke in particular getting out in the two partnerships he's had with him because Clarke has had to play up tempo the entire time, as have all his partners, to compensate for his restrictions. And he always seems on the verge of running someone out. He is the obvious one to drop for Clarke.

  • Chris_P on February 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Rhino is a far better test bowler with the figures to back this up. (And in Sri Lankan dry wickets as well, Kavindeven). He is a great back up to Pattinson, Hilfy, Siddle, Cummins. With Starc, Faulkner, Copeland (also proved his worth on sub continent wickets), Cutting (please no more MJ, please selectors!) we got pace bowling cover tied up. Now if only some top shelf batsmen start to emerge.............

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    any bowller play friday match sri lanka wii win, do or die match for sri lankans, not easy for aussis

  • dunger.bob on February 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ Busie1979: that's the thing though. Ryan has looked the least of the bowlers in every game he has played. .. it's a matter of opinion I guess but I never at any stage felt that he was in control. He was putting the ball there, rather than sending it down confidently. ... it's hard to explain but I will stick with the right call was made in the end. .. it's not over for R. Harris, but he will have to work very, very hard to get back in from here. .. can't see a spot for him at the top level until he starts to get back to his old self. .. maybe not even then in the ODI side .. too much young fast bowling talent around atm to need the older blokes.

  • Romenevans on February 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Shave the Grass off, and they all are bunnies...!

  • zenboomerang on February 29, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Lots of funny comments about batters/bowlers... lol... I would suggest you all listen to Inverarity's announcement of the WI tour T20 & ODI teams... The chief selectors starting XI for ODI's is Warner, Watson, Clarke, Huss, Huss, Wade, Christian followed by Doherty & 3 of the 4 pace bowlers - Lee, McKay, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus... Forrest is definitely only a backup, while Harris has been dropped due to form... Starc is going on tour for development (& backup probably)... Lyon is also considered for both T20/ODI matches... Cummins will be looked at for the England ODI tour in winter - nothing sooner... Read my original comment below for possible team on Friday...

  • csowmi7 on February 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    James pattinson and Pat cummins have the makings of exceptional fast bowlers

  • Busie1979 on February 29, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @dunger.bob - I agree that Rhino had a bad game, but to drop him over one of the only bad games of his entire career is a bit extreme, don't you think?

  • deadzone64 on February 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    This should be good. What an amazing future talent Pattinson is.

  • Meety on February 29, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @Busie1979 - just bear in mind too on the topic of "bad balls" that whilst I agree that "4-balls" can be a result of good or bad shots, bowlers can often be saved by great fielding. Sometimes a poor 10 overs may only concede 40 runs, & have only a couple of boundaries hit.

  • Meety on February 29, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - I agree with you re: Hilfy. Prefer if he & Siddle sit out the ODIs & play Shield. If thier 2nd coming is due to increased skill & not weak opposition - they are Test Match GOLD IMO! @Cameron Skirving - no way was his comment anti-Tassie. @Busie1979 - regardless of mistakes - a batsmen CAN make one mistake & are gone. I understand where you are coming from regarding Forrests 100, but the fact is, his innings was a launch pad for everyone else. We put a good score on the board, which historically should of won us a game. Yep, Forrest should work on picking up singles, but his knock was a good one. As for Harris, he has amazing stats, (so too McKay), but he didn't look good in the ODIs. I read an article this morning where they bagged the selectors for giving him a break when he was fit & are more or less saying that he needed more time to find rhythm. He was averaging 57 with the ball in this series so far!

  • on February 29, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I tend to agree with sunnychopra (21.23) insofar as drop the X (oops, a Tassie, am i allowed?) and bring in Patterson. A fearsome fast bowling attack of Lee, Patterson and the Hif backed up by Watto and Christen. The spin bowling can be done by D. Hussey, Clarke (if back allows it) and Warner. The only difference is open with Wade and Warner and let Watto have a rest or practice in the nets while the ball is seaming all over the shop. Take a look at the batters from 5 down, D. Hussey, Watto, Christen and Patterson, not forgetting that Lee and Hif can smite the ball when in the mood. It sounds like Mouth-Watering carnage. Rotate the speed merchants with Clint McKay if someone has a niggle.

  • dunger.bob on February 28, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Busie1979 on (February 28 2012, 11:29 AM) : Can't agree mate. Rhino was behind the game - did not bowl well at all and was conspicuous in the field as the most unfit fella out there. .. I'm a Rhino fan, but he was struggling and I think its actually a no-brainer to replace him with the much younger man. .. listen to @ Moppa, he makes a lot of sense.

  • Busie1979 on February 28, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Moppa - respectfully, we can agree to disagree on this one. Harris has been very consistent until the last couple of games. On consistency, it takes about 6 boundaries conceded per game to concede 60 or so runs over 10 overs. Some boundaries are scored off good bowling, some boundaries missed off bad bowling. Rather than a bowler missing "literally hundreds of opportunities", as you put it, they bowl about 10 bad balls in a bad game, compared to 4-5 bad balls if they are bowling well. I also disagree batsman can can only make one mistake. Batsman play bad shots and don't lose their wicket. Someone like Forrest who scores 104 off 138 balls - is that a good innings or a string of missed opportunities (dot balls)?. Depends on your perspective. There is a lot of patience for batsman, and little for bowlers. Dropping Harris this quickly will not help the confidence of a bowler the captain thinks (and whose record suggests) is one of the best he's played with.

  • r1m2 on February 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Ryan Harris has 44 wickets in 21 ODIs at sub-20 average!!! Australia spoiled for choices now???

  • Meety on February 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @Gilly4ever - I think Copeland has a lot to offer, but atm - its not in ODIs. @Busie1979 - regarding Clarke "dropping" Harris, bear in mind that there are FIVE selectors, so at the very least, one would assume IF Clarke wanted Harris dropped (unlikely), he would have had at least 2 other selectors who agreed with him. In all liklihood, Clarke would of dissented from dropping Harris. @landl47 - are you not feeling well? That is the nicest thing you have said about an Ozy cricketer since..... well forever!!! LOL!!! @Moppa - agree 100%.

  • VivGilchrist on February 28, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @Cameron, while I would never want to live in Tassie in a million years, your comment bears no grounding. I am a big fan of the Hilf, it's just now that he's got his mojo back in Tests, I don't want that to get all mixed up bowling different lines in ODIs. He would be my first pick for an Ashes tour. Anti Tas, please... Boonie would be in my starting Aus XI from the past 25 yrs, and the least we speak of DiVenutos lack of selection the better.

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    They should bring Lyon into the squad for the finals and play 2 spinners and use Watson & Christian as the 5th bowler, Hilfenhaus, Pattinson - did the damage in the tests, why cahnge the formula, Lyon and Doherty in tandem would be a good combo

  • sunnychopra on February 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    David Warner, Shane Watson, Peter Forrest, Michael Clarke (capt), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Dan Christian, Matthew Wade (WK), Ben Hilfenhaus, Brett Lee, James Pattinson,....this should be Aussies final playing eleven....

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    VivGilchrist, how can you posiibly leave out the man that has taken more wickets in the tournament, Hilfenhuis? He is leading the attack with aplomb and great skill at the moment. The only reason is because you are anti tasmania. Hilfy is the best

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    good job....future superstar

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    What happened to Nehra ? Why has he gone out of contention ?

  • jplterrors on February 28, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Newsflash ppl have inside info that Punter has been recalled for the finals, exciting news but only on the condition he dosent fall over his stumps

  • Marcio on February 28, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    I don't like this decision. Harris was a bit off in his last game, but other than that, what has he done wrong? He has played 21 ODIs and taken 44 wickets at an average of 18 runs apiece: and gets dropped! Pattinson is basically an unknown in ODIs, so its a gamble. If it fails, it will fail bad. Just my prediction. Harris always delivers when needed. I would have thought Mitchel Starc would have been selected ahead of Pattinson, given his superb form this year in 50 over cricket. Pattinson has been chosen based on test match form of a few months ago. It is unjustifiable and illogical.

  • Moppa on February 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Busie1979, it's not a crazy double standard at all. In fact, selecting bowlers and batsmen is fundamentally different and it's quite appropriate that they are treated differently. All batsmen will have good days and bad days - this is inherent to a game where you make one mistake and you're gone. By contrast, a bowler can get hit for four in each ball of his first over and, if his captain's brave enough, come back and take a bag of wickets later in the match. The flipside of this is that if you bowl badly for multiple overs, and then multiple spells, and then for a couple of matches in a row, you should be dropped. You've had literally hundreds of chances to prove yourself. So, despite being a Harris fan, I have no problem with this call and don't think there's any double standard at play at all. Another relevant point is that a team only has 4 specialist bowlers compared to 6 batsmen, so it needs all its bowlers performing consistently.

  • Rajeev129 on February 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I still dont understand why Mckay is there in the squad even after failed to control Dhoni in Adelaide. Harris is far better infact best in such scenarios. However since Pattinson is their future they cant rely on aged Harris. As of now Peter Forrest has made decent contribution, so even if Clarke is ready they should not drop Forrest. So only other option is Christian, since Shane Watson again proved himself with the ball there is no necessity of keeping Christian at the expense of a batsman. A fully fit Oz squad should not allow players like Mckay and Christian if Cummins and Clarke are respectively 100% fit.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    who will be dropped when captain clarke return ? everyone seems to be performing well , i hope they don't drop peter forrest , he can form a very good and reliable no.3 , with enough attacking players around him run rate is not going to be much of a problem as 'vivgilchrist' is suggesting here

  • on February 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    MCG pitch always has something for the fast bowlers..and australia with pattinson back and brett lee in their ranks will make life even more tough for the sri lankans..and dont know if srilanka would be able to recover from today's humiliating loss!!

  • Dashgar on February 28, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Great to see Pattinson back and firing. I don't think people should get so worked up over Cummins. He is still very raw and hasn't been able to cope with the rigours of First Class Cricket yet let alone test cricket. I'd like to see Cummins play a full season of Domestic Cricket next year before he is in the Australian side, except maybe for T20. With Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson, with Harris and Starc in support there is no room left in the test squad for Cummins and he is unproven at one day domestic level at this stage. Nathan Coulter-Nile should also be given a few opportunities before we see Cummins again. As for someone who mentioned Copeland, unfortunately he hasn't been the same bowler this year. Averaging over 100 in the Sheffield Shield this season.

  • Busie1979 on February 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    The fact is, if a batsman has a couple of low scores, they stick with him for about 10 games before they drop him. If a bowler has 2-3 bad games, you're out! It's a crazy double-standard. Harris was touted to be the leader of the attack a year ago, just like Bollinger was the leader of the attack 2 years ago. It's remarkable how quickly things change with a few injuries and bad games. The Australian team needs stability in the bowling attack. Sure rest bowlers now and then,and if Harris is unfit, give him time to recover. But generally speaking, decide on who the best guys are and stick with them. So much is made of the selectors picking 11 or so spniners since Warne. How many pace bowlers have been selected in that time?

  • rocky2u on February 28, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    good news..Pattinson is good bowler..he bowl very well

  • on February 28, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    yeah good thing.but they have alrady many pacers in the hunt and chip in paver like watson there.it will be difficult for pattinson to get a place in the side.if anyone is on injury then he might get go.james (pattinson) was absolutely brilliant in the test series were aussies made a white wash

  • Biggus on February 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Ryan Harris but he's looked a little down on hustle this summer so it's a good call by my reckoning. I'd still be hoping he can play in tests but his fitness is always an issue so we'll just have to see what transpires.

  • AidanFX on February 28, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Its about time - Harris is no longer in the best starting 4 bowlers... Hiff and Patt is miles ahead - Siddle is a given. Meanwhile what do we do with Cummins?

  • VivGilchrist on February 28, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    1 Warner 2 Watson 3 M Hussey 4 Clarke 5 D Hussey 6 Wade 7 Christian 8 Pattinson 9 Lee 10 McKay 11 Doherty. Well balanced, bat deep, plenty of bowling options, and without Forrest, may even crack 300+. No Harris or Hilfy - keep them sharp for the Tests. Might be nice to see Australia chase for a change as well.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 28, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Well done. I'd like to see a bit of Trent Copeland again too.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Watto and now Pattinson. Oz attack really looks good now. Guess srilankans need to get ready for some more Sledging.

  • espnchekmate on February 28, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    James Pattinson back on the scene and none of the Sri Lankan's have faced him, It would be like Machant De Lange of South africa played his 1st match against the Sri Lankan's and picked up 7 wickets,will history repeat it self again,both are identical in stature...!!! the MAESTRO MAHELA BETTER HAVE A PLAN TO COMBAT HIM OR ANOTHER PALTRY SCORE LIKE IN PAARL.....!!!! BEWARE LIONS....IN BRISBANE HE TOOK 6/37 IN A RECENT SHIELD MATCH..........

  • puneriMisal on February 28, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Will the BCCI learn from this dropping out under performing players and getting in players who can perform ? BCCI just has to look at Australian board does not need to look any where else though....

  • landl47 on February 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Good news that Pattinson is fit again. He's an exciting young cricketer.

  • Charindra on February 28, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Oh no... Why couldn't you stay injured for about another week or two Patti?? I liked Harris. He was nice to our batsmen :)

  • thewayitwass on February 28, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    he will boost this pace attack imeasurably! LOVE IT HIM AND LEE IN TANDEM AT THE GABBA? YEAH BUDDY

  • Dockaman on February 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Of course Pattinson should be recalled if he's fit. His first few test matches were outstanding, and he was clearly Australia's best bowler for those test matches. He is young, quick, aggressive and swings the ball. If Cummins can get fit as well then we have a very potent quick bowling dept with Hilfy in career best form. Siddle can be the reserve.

  • johntycodes on February 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Good to see the tough decisions continuing to be made. Harris said he didn't like being rotated during the early part of the ODI series. Well harris you have bowled by far the worst out of any fast bowler and seem to have gained 5 kilos if that is possible. Also I thought this site said that zaheer was definetly out of the rest of the competition but he is playing today.

  • zenboomerang on February 28, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Not sure why Inverarity needs an extra replacement? - unless Clarkes injury is worse than reported... "If" Clarke plays on Friday, then Watson will replace Forrest & Pattinson probably for Lee - so possibly Clarke may get rested to give the batters more time... With Pattinsons return the pace bowling spots become much more difficult, but with Oz already into the final it is not so critical who misses out on Friday... With only a 1 day break between the next 3-4 matches in 3 cities, bowlers may get rotated...

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Yikes. So, let me get this straight.

    Australia has James Pattinson and Pat Cummins as the strike bowlers. And Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Harris, and Lyon are pretty good support bowlers too...

    South Africa has Marchant de Lange, Dale Steyn, and Morne Morkel.

    England has Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach, and Graeme Swann as bowlers.

    India have Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan.

    And with Tendulkar and Dravid on their way out, their only real good batsmen (along with Kohli)...yep, it's a long 10 years ahead for India.

  • jmcilhinney on February 28, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    The last preliminary match is of no real consequence for Australia, although I'm sure they'd like to go into the finals with some momentum, so that might be a good opportunity to get Pattinson in before the finals. I will interesting to see whether he can have the same impact in the ODIs as he did in the Test matches. Also, SL haven't played him yet so that might be a little bit of advantage to him.

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    wow it will bring in solidity to aussie attack which luks soo weak .addition of pattinson brings in some aggression to this line up !! harris is useless !! lee is targetted by jayawardene !! sri lanka never played against pattinson so they might hav trouble against pattinson

    but i whole heartedly support srilanka to win the cup !! they deserve the title hopefully they win the cup !! chandimal,perera and thirimanne are the best finds !! they shd replace herath with senanayake or randiv !! becoz herath dint do any gud as an lone specialist spinner !! randiv has more variations and he can take wickets !!

    come on sri lanka win it !!

  • on February 28, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Fantastic!! Patto is back!!!

  • Busie1979 on February 28, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Hah! So much for Clarke's statement earlier in the season that Harris is as good a paceman as he has ever played with in his career. Presumably, in Clarke's mind, Harris is as good as McGrath.Now he's dropped him. If Harris is THAT GOOD, like Clarke earlier suggested, surely he should have kept Harris playing until he found some form. That's what he would have done for McGrath. It makes me ever more suspicious of anything Clarke ever says about his teammates. I think it's time the Australian selectors decided who their best bowling attack is. This revolving door policy is becoming farcical. It must be really frustrating being a high performing bowler in the Aussie line-up - whether you get selected comes down to your last couple of games plus the flip of a coin.

  • Meety on February 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Looking fwd to Lee & Pattinson opening the bowling at the G!

  • satish619chandar on February 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Aussie pace attack in full strength!! Pattinson, Lee and Hilfy/Mckay with Watto and Christian as backup pacers.. Dream attack to have!

  • kunderanengineer on February 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Just thankful that India don't have to face him again for a while. May not be good news for Sri Lanka though.

  • MrArmchairCricket on February 28, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Great to see Pattinson back, despite it being at the expense of Ryan Harris, as well as Victoria's Sheffield Shield season. Another batsman would've been good so Clarke could sit out Friday's nothing match and save himself for the finals. I'm still not sold on Brett Lee being in the the XI, given he'll have no bearing on World Cup 2015.. I hope Nathan Coulter-Nile was at least considered.

  • getaclue on February 28, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    i cant believe Patto is a walk up start...i guess though that Harris has struggled a fair bit in the ODI's this summer.

  • D-Train on February 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Interesting to see who plays the next game. Who get's dropped for Clarke? My feeling is that Christian will be dropped for Clarke and McKay will be dropped for Pattinson. You have to drop either Warner, Christian or Forrest. Doubt Warner will get dropped after he finally made a score and Forrest after he made a century, so I think Christian might be the unlucky man. With Watson back Christian will probably be judged on his batting alone and his usefulness with the bowling won't be taken into account. McKay has been one of our best bowlers, but I don't feel as though the selectors think of him that way.

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  • D-Train on February 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Interesting to see who plays the next game. Who get's dropped for Clarke? My feeling is that Christian will be dropped for Clarke and McKay will be dropped for Pattinson. You have to drop either Warner, Christian or Forrest. Doubt Warner will get dropped after he finally made a score and Forrest after he made a century, so I think Christian might be the unlucky man. With Watson back Christian will probably be judged on his batting alone and his usefulness with the bowling won't be taken into account. McKay has been one of our best bowlers, but I don't feel as though the selectors think of him that way.

  • getaclue on February 28, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    i cant believe Patto is a walk up start...i guess though that Harris has struggled a fair bit in the ODI's this summer.

  • MrArmchairCricket on February 28, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Great to see Pattinson back, despite it being at the expense of Ryan Harris, as well as Victoria's Sheffield Shield season. Another batsman would've been good so Clarke could sit out Friday's nothing match and save himself for the finals. I'm still not sold on Brett Lee being in the the XI, given he'll have no bearing on World Cup 2015.. I hope Nathan Coulter-Nile was at least considered.

  • kunderanengineer on February 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Just thankful that India don't have to face him again for a while. May not be good news for Sri Lanka though.

  • satish619chandar on February 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Aussie pace attack in full strength!! Pattinson, Lee and Hilfy/Mckay with Watto and Christian as backup pacers.. Dream attack to have!

  • Meety on February 28, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Looking fwd to Lee & Pattinson opening the bowling at the G!

  • Busie1979 on February 28, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Hah! So much for Clarke's statement earlier in the season that Harris is as good a paceman as he has ever played with in his career. Presumably, in Clarke's mind, Harris is as good as McGrath.Now he's dropped him. If Harris is THAT GOOD, like Clarke earlier suggested, surely he should have kept Harris playing until he found some form. That's what he would have done for McGrath. It makes me ever more suspicious of anything Clarke ever says about his teammates. I think it's time the Australian selectors decided who their best bowling attack is. This revolving door policy is becoming farcical. It must be really frustrating being a high performing bowler in the Aussie line-up - whether you get selected comes down to your last couple of games plus the flip of a coin.

  • on February 28, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Fantastic!! Patto is back!!!

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    wow it will bring in solidity to aussie attack which luks soo weak .addition of pattinson brings in some aggression to this line up !! harris is useless !! lee is targetted by jayawardene !! sri lanka never played against pattinson so they might hav trouble against pattinson

    but i whole heartedly support srilanka to win the cup !! they deserve the title hopefully they win the cup !! chandimal,perera and thirimanne are the best finds !! they shd replace herath with senanayake or randiv !! becoz herath dint do any gud as an lone specialist spinner !! randiv has more variations and he can take wickets !!

    come on sri lanka win it !!

  • jmcilhinney on February 28, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    The last preliminary match is of no real consequence for Australia, although I'm sure they'd like to go into the finals with some momentum, so that might be a good opportunity to get Pattinson in before the finals. I will interesting to see whether he can have the same impact in the ODIs as he did in the Test matches. Also, SL haven't played him yet so that might be a little bit of advantage to him.