December 22, 2011

Pattinson eyes his Melbourne chance

He's watched plenty of Boxing Day Tests; now he'll be looking to make history in one with a good hometown mate
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Next week, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle could create a slice of Victorian history. It has been nearly 75 years since a pair of the state's fast bowlers shared the new ball in a Test at the MCG. Last time it happened, in 1937, Ernie McCormick and Laurie Nash helped bowl Australia to an innings victory over Gubby Allen's England side.

If Pattinson and Siddle can manage something similar against India, it will be an achievement neither will ever forget. Simply walking out on to the MCG together in the baggy green will be a big enough thrill, for the two have known each other since their teenage days playing at the Dandenong Cricket Club in Melbourne's outer east.

Back when Pattinson was 13, his older brother Darren, later a one-Test wonder for England, would bowl in tandem with Siddle for Dandenong. They were the young stars in the firsts. James was a constant presence around the club, where he used to hassle Siddle, the man who nearly a decade later would help calm his nerves during Pattinson's Test debut against New Zealand at the Gabba last month.

"I remember him when I first came down to the club and I was the little annoying kid. I used to annoy them all," Pattinson told ESPNcricinfo. "I used to come over from junior cricket and tell him how many runs I got and all that. Pete was always there to listen to me, even then when I was a little shit. He's been a great help for me.

"I've always been a confident sort of bloke without being arrogant. In the first innings [on debut] I was a bit nervous. There were times in that first over that I thought, 'Geez, this is harder than I thought it was going to be,' but I just tried to stay as relaxed as I could, just run in and bowl fast.

"It's pretty easy to stay relaxed when you've got a close mate there who can talk you through things. He's been around now for quite a while, he's played nearly 30 Tests. He's bowling probably better than he's ever bowled. He's swinging the ball at good pace. If we can take that into the Boxing Day Test I think we'll be a good show of getting a lot of wickets."

Darren Pattinson will be in the crowd during the Test, probably with a group of mates from the Dandenong club. He used to sit in the stands with James and the family; the Boxing Day Test is a tradition for the Pattinsons as it has been for countless Melbourne families over the decades. The younger Pattinson, 21, cannot wait to be part of the action with Siddle, 27.

"It's the best day of cricket in the year," he said. "It's the ritual. It's what everyone does on Boxing Day. It's an unbelievable atmosphere. It's the closest you're going to get to an AFL grand final. It will be an amazing feeling. Being a hometown crowd I'm sure they'll be behind me and Pete 100%.

"I've been to the Boxing Day Test quite a number of times, especially early on when I was a bit younger. I remember I went there three or four years ago when Pete was playing and it was an amazing moment for me just to watch him out there playing in a Boxing Day Test. It will be even more special when I get to run out there with him."

Pattinson has been one of the success stories of Australia's past few Tests. His fast, accurate outswing has made him the go-to man for the captain Michael Clarke, despite his career being only two Tests old. In each of the matches against New Zealand he managed five-wicket hauls. The challenge against India will be vastly different.

For one, he will struggle during this series to find conditions as helpful as those Australia encountered at the Gabba and Bellerive Oval. And a line-up including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman is daunting for even the most experienced bowlers in world cricket, let alone a rookie. Pattinson wasn't born when Tendulkar played his first Test. And despite being from Melbourne, he has played only two first-class games at the MCG - fewer than Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, and the same number as Sehwag. Pattinson has an IPL deal and went on Australia's Test tour of India last year, but he has never bowled to the likes of Tendulkar.

"Tendulkar is the pinnacle of batsmen," he said. "He's done it for so long and he's the best. Just to have a duel with him will be quite amazing. You grow up and you watch those people and they're just like heroes to you. To be able to play against them and hopefully get the wood over them and compete well against them, that's all you're looking for. You've just got to back your ability.

"As a bowling group I think we can take a lot out of the way England bowled to them over in England this year. They got up them and bowled some bouncers to the right people, bowled in good areas. I think the batsmen did struggle over in England. If we can get on top of them and bowl in the right areas and intimidate them a little bit then we're well on our way. We've got a young bowling group and we're enthusiastic, I think everyone is going to be up for a challenge."

Despite being from Melbourne, Pattinson has played only two first-class games at the MCG - fewer than Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, and the same number as Sehwag

Perhaps the most fascinating battle will be between Pattinson and Sehwag. Against New Zealand, Pattinson proved he can curl the ball away viciously from the right-handers. His delivery that got rid of Brendon McCullum in the second innings in Hobart was almost perfect: angled into off stump and swinging away, forcing the batsman to play. It was edged to slip.

McCullum had taken to Pattinson in the tour match at Allan Border Field a fortnight earlier. The bowler's revenge was sweet. Sehwag is the same kind of player as McCullum, albeit in a different league, and Pattinson knows that he faces a major challenge to keep India's most destructive batsman quiet.

"You're going to bowl good balls to him and they're going to go for four every now and again," he said. "He's going to try and score fast. But I think if you put the ball in the right area against him over and over again, you're going to get the reward eventually. He'll give you a chance."

Australia's attack for Boxing Day has not yet been settled, although Pattinson and Siddle are certain starters. The swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus might win a spot ahead of the young left-armer Mitchell Starc, who showed some promise against New Zealand but struggled to build the pressure for long enough to be as threatening as Pattinson and Siddle.

The man the Australians would love to have in the side is Pat Cummins, the 18-year-old fast bowler who was Man of the Match on his Test debut - just as Pattinson was - in Johannesburg last month. The prospect of building an attack around Cummins and Pattinson is exciting for Australian supporters, but a heel injury means they won't play a Test together until at least the tour of the West Indies in April.

"He's a great talent," Pattinson said. "It's unbelievable. At 18 years old, he's bowling 150kph and swings the ball both ways. He knows what he's doing with the ball. He's going to be an absolute phenomenal talent for Australia. It's definitely exciting. We've got some great bowling stocks around. If we can build a great friendship, all of us, and work together, I think it's going to be great for Australian cricket."

At 21, Pattinson has much to learn, but a fine base on which to build his Test career. The next step for him comes on Boxing Day. And just like all those years ago in Dandenong, he'll be yapping in Siddle's ear as he goes.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Agree with your thoughts... CA put out a directive to pitch curators that all Test pitches should be a more equal battle between bat & ball... Seems the Gabba & Bellerive are up to speed now & were both green throughout the matches... I hope the MCG & SCG are similar though Perth traditionally has been a result pitch... Might have to ask Lyon what he was doing at Adelaide... lol...

  • on December 23, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    If Zahir and Ishant are in doubt will we see the battle of Melbourne Quicks vs Bengaluru Quicks (Vinay and Mithun). Hope Bengaluru wins over Melbourne.

  • on December 23, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Pattinson good luck. Knowing that you come from what is the little India of Melbourne "Dandenong", I have to warn that you know very little of Sehwag. If Sehwag goes after you, you are tost. It does not matter what you bowl. Your best chance is to get him out in the 1st over. If you keep bowling to him thinking he will give his wicket in a couple of overs, you will be disappointed to know he can amass 300 runs in quick time. More than anything else if he plays India can travel at 5 run an over even if it is a test. That means Australian batsmen have little room for error. Dont get me started on the great Wall of India, the little master or very very special and Mr. cool. This is't an English summer and it will be a travesty to compare the Aus bowling attack to that of the English currently.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 23, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Meety, I would love that too. But the problem is the bowlers, especially fast bowlers, are making toomuch noise of late. So, I just want them to be ripped apart courtesy Sehwag, Warner and Gambhir and then some majestic sight for the Gods batting by Dravid, Ponting, VVS, Sachin and Hussey. Down with all the fast bowlers in this series.

  • on December 23, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    mr sayantan dont overhiped dravid since 1990 highest average inaustralia sehwag 58 sachin 56 laxman 49 dravid 45 kallis45 and lara 41 in2000 dravid had miserable series in 2003 against weak aussie attack good series in 2008 again fail bad series against good attack sachinand sehwag are keys dravid doesnt have great record in australia and sa compare to sachin sehwag both have them good series every time visited australia we hipe dravid he had only one good series england against sa he failed this year past twoyeras he wasa fail sachin scored 15 centuries with sehwag both were the main reason india were at top with kumblenot dravid

  • on December 23, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    iyer india have heavy backup ifbig three ritiers okk not like aussiess also guys if aussie attack is that best why they are not winning

  • dunger.bob on December 23, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @ cric-kumar, you said "I don't think Cricket Australia will prepare green wickets for this series. They don't want all matches finish within four days when extra dollars at their sight."

    I'm told there is a general push in Australia for more entertaining pitches. The long term view is that results, not draws get bums on seats. Hopefully that means that CA is willing to take a few kicks in the teeth (eg, 100 All Out) in order to make that sort of pitch the norm in Australia. We can look to our Saffer mates for inspiration in that regard. They just about always put out good sporting pitches, even if they get bitten themselves now and then. Also kumar, it has been a cool wet summer in Australia so far, and its not that easy to produce a belter in those conditions.

    I think the pitches will have something for everyone, at least I hope so. If I were the Indians, I would be hoping for sporting pitches because they sort the sheep from the goats technique wise. Oz being the goats btw.

  • Meety on December 22, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - "... I just want the batsmen of both the sides to dominate this series..." know where you're coming from - but I hope the opposite happens, (both sides). I think a "Hobart" style test match will be far more gripping than say the 3rd test India v WI, both ended up nail biters, but the Hobart match (even though Oz lost) was edge of the seat every minute!

  • Vnott on December 22, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    With Sehwag and Gambhir back fit at the top, it can be safely said this will be a close series. India will bat much better than in England. The utility of a good opening pair cant be overstated especially so in Indias case. Even though they are inexperienced, Cowan and Warner can have a similar effect for Australia though i would love to see Warner not succeed... The key is going to be if Indian bowlers do well. This may well be the series where Ashwin makes a real move towards being a fixture for the next decade ...

  • Nampally on December 22, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Pattinson appears to be a modest guy and understands that he has only limited experience in any format of the game. But the media has hyped it up a notch hoping to unnerve the Indians before the test match has even started. India relies heavily on Gambhir & Sehwag to give them a good start. Yes the key battle will be Sehwag vs. Siddle & Pattinson.India's best bet is to get Sehwag's to stay for one session at the crease. A determined Sehwag if he does this, than India will get off to a fine start. .Indian total of 400 is essential to make this a competitive game & the first innings of the first test is the place to do it.Aussies are banking on pace & a total over 400 will challenge the endurance of the pacemen.Indian bowling is average with one end tied up with spinner after the new ball.India must not make a fatal mistake of playing unfit Ishant. ZAK, Yadev & Vinay are OK as seamers. Ashwin is likely to be the solo spinner. If ZAK bowls to his best India may surprise the Aussies!.

  • zenboomerang on December 24, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Agree with your thoughts... CA put out a directive to pitch curators that all Test pitches should be a more equal battle between bat & ball... Seems the Gabba & Bellerive are up to speed now & were both green throughout the matches... I hope the MCG & SCG are similar though Perth traditionally has been a result pitch... Might have to ask Lyon what he was doing at Adelaide... lol...

  • on December 23, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    If Zahir and Ishant are in doubt will we see the battle of Melbourne Quicks vs Bengaluru Quicks (Vinay and Mithun). Hope Bengaluru wins over Melbourne.

  • on December 23, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Pattinson good luck. Knowing that you come from what is the little India of Melbourne "Dandenong", I have to warn that you know very little of Sehwag. If Sehwag goes after you, you are tost. It does not matter what you bowl. Your best chance is to get him out in the 1st over. If you keep bowling to him thinking he will give his wicket in a couple of overs, you will be disappointed to know he can amass 300 runs in quick time. More than anything else if he plays India can travel at 5 run an over even if it is a test. That means Australian batsmen have little room for error. Dont get me started on the great Wall of India, the little master or very very special and Mr. cool. This is't an English summer and it will be a travesty to compare the Aus bowling attack to that of the English currently.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 23, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Meety, I would love that too. But the problem is the bowlers, especially fast bowlers, are making toomuch noise of late. So, I just want them to be ripped apart courtesy Sehwag, Warner and Gambhir and then some majestic sight for the Gods batting by Dravid, Ponting, VVS, Sachin and Hussey. Down with all the fast bowlers in this series.

  • on December 23, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    mr sayantan dont overhiped dravid since 1990 highest average inaustralia sehwag 58 sachin 56 laxman 49 dravid 45 kallis45 and lara 41 in2000 dravid had miserable series in 2003 against weak aussie attack good series in 2008 again fail bad series against good attack sachinand sehwag are keys dravid doesnt have great record in australia and sa compare to sachin sehwag both have them good series every time visited australia we hipe dravid he had only one good series england against sa he failed this year past twoyeras he wasa fail sachin scored 15 centuries with sehwag both were the main reason india were at top with kumblenot dravid

  • on December 23, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    iyer india have heavy backup ifbig three ritiers okk not like aussiess also guys if aussie attack is that best why they are not winning

  • dunger.bob on December 23, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @ cric-kumar, you said "I don't think Cricket Australia will prepare green wickets for this series. They don't want all matches finish within four days when extra dollars at their sight."

    I'm told there is a general push in Australia for more entertaining pitches. The long term view is that results, not draws get bums on seats. Hopefully that means that CA is willing to take a few kicks in the teeth (eg, 100 All Out) in order to make that sort of pitch the norm in Australia. We can look to our Saffer mates for inspiration in that regard. They just about always put out good sporting pitches, even if they get bitten themselves now and then. Also kumar, it has been a cool wet summer in Australia so far, and its not that easy to produce a belter in those conditions.

    I think the pitches will have something for everyone, at least I hope so. If I were the Indians, I would be hoping for sporting pitches because they sort the sheep from the goats technique wise. Oz being the goats btw.

  • Meety on December 22, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - "... I just want the batsmen of both the sides to dominate this series..." know where you're coming from - but I hope the opposite happens, (both sides). I think a "Hobart" style test match will be far more gripping than say the 3rd test India v WI, both ended up nail biters, but the Hobart match (even though Oz lost) was edge of the seat every minute!

  • Vnott on December 22, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    With Sehwag and Gambhir back fit at the top, it can be safely said this will be a close series. India will bat much better than in England. The utility of a good opening pair cant be overstated especially so in Indias case. Even though they are inexperienced, Cowan and Warner can have a similar effect for Australia though i would love to see Warner not succeed... The key is going to be if Indian bowlers do well. This may well be the series where Ashwin makes a real move towards being a fixture for the next decade ...

  • Nampally on December 22, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Pattinson appears to be a modest guy and understands that he has only limited experience in any format of the game. But the media has hyped it up a notch hoping to unnerve the Indians before the test match has even started. India relies heavily on Gambhir & Sehwag to give them a good start. Yes the key battle will be Sehwag vs. Siddle & Pattinson.India's best bet is to get Sehwag's to stay for one session at the crease. A determined Sehwag if he does this, than India will get off to a fine start. .Indian total of 400 is essential to make this a competitive game & the first innings of the first test is the place to do it.Aussies are banking on pace & a total over 400 will challenge the endurance of the pacemen.Indian bowling is average with one end tied up with spinner after the new ball.India must not make a fatal mistake of playing unfit Ishant. ZAK, Yadev & Vinay are OK as seamers. Ashwin is likely to be the solo spinner. If ZAK bowls to his best India may surprise the Aussies!.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 22, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Unfortunately the kid will be carted all around the park by sehwag and co.!

  • cric-kumar on December 22, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    I don't think Cricket Australia will prepare green wickets for this series. They don't want all matches finish within four days when extra dollars at their sight. Unlike in england i think this time indian batsmen will take more responsibility in their approach will score heavily to give some chance for their weak bowling options. I predict good scores in the scorecards, young Aussie bowlers at their knees and Aussie Media blaming flat tracks.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    @Iyer, I don't think Dravid and Sachin will retire after this series. They know better than that. They will retire at the end of a home series.

  • on December 22, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Pattinson will be the KEY to Australia first inning lead.

  • Iyer on December 22, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Indian bowling is the weakest amongst both sides. Both team batting line ups are almost similar. Australia has a good bowling attack that is well suited for Australian conditions. After this tour, India will not see Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar play again. These two would retire. And Laxman would be dropped forever if he fails in this series. 2012 is going to be a challenging year for Cricket India.

  • on December 22, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    2 Test matches don't make someone a Glenn McGrath or Alan Donald. Quality of a true test fast bowler lies in his ability to perform when things are going south and not on a green top wicket with overcast conditions. Similarly the quality of a great batsman lies in his ability of scoring in terrible conditions and not on his fast flashy centuries in flat pitches. To me, Dravid is the key; not Sehwag. And Pattinson is massively over-rated. Aussies like to create myths around their players before big series to mentally dominate their opponents. Don't fall for that trick.

  • deegowd on December 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    I would like to see Cummins and Pattison are sharing the new ball and Starc also in the line-up, all of them born AFTER Tendulkar's test debut! Possible if Cummins regains fitness before the next test and Harris doesn't recover.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 22, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    No disrespect to Pattinson but I just want the batsmen of both the sides to dominate this series. In some way, this series is going to be the last clash of the great batsmen of one particular generation. I would want Sehwag and Gambhir to cane Pattinson and co really bad so that they lose their confidence within the first session of this test and the rest of the tour, if possible. What better site than a brutal assualt on fast bowlers? What better site than tiring them no end and then scripting some copybook, timeless, elegance personified drives at an opportune moment? I want India to bat first and make some early scars on these young minds. Fast Bowlers all over the world are getting too cocky of late. Even a half fit Zaheer talks about Australian Batsmen's ability (or the lack of) to play swing. How many wickets did he take in the tour game again??

  • IamRavinder on December 22, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    if India bat first on boxing day test , the 1st session battle wuld definitively be between aus blowers and shewag . If shewag gets going he wuld definitively take the steam out of aus pace battery and can seriously take out the confidence of this young blowing attack for the rest of tour or on the other hand if pattinson takes him early that wuld lift their confidence and they have a potential to fold the indian batting on the first day to a low total, but it sure promises a great treat for cricket fans.

  • spence1324 on December 22, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Pattinson looks a hell of a prospect hard, fast and aggressive and can take wickets!,probley the english inside of him!

  • Fourworldcups on December 22, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I believe the most decisive factor is whether the new Aussie quicks can fire. If they do, the Indian batting is no match for quality and accurate pace. The Aus batting I don't expect to fail again, they'll put in a strong and determined, if not brilliant performance. As we've seen, the Indians simply don't hold up except at home or against weakened teams.

  • binojpeter on December 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Pattinson is going to be a real danger for Indian batsmen. His line and length are so impeccable.

  • the_flying_squad on December 22, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    who comes on here and predicts injury. pretty poor form @ prasant_NSW

  • rahulcricket007 on December 22, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    well pattinson let me tell you sehwag will either get out in less than 15 runs or he will scores big hundereds .

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    pattinson will be trashed all over the park by sehwag and dhoni,@randyoz yadav finn and philandar are most exciting young bowling prospect in the world makes the likes of cummins look positively pedestrian..........

  • Alexk400 on December 22, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    It is going to be hilfenhaus vs Sehwag decide the series. If sehwag kill hilfenhaus , pattinson will lose confidence...if sehwag got out early then pattinson will tighten up noose around dravid ,lsachin and laxman... i think aussies will win the first test.

  • landl47 on December 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how these guys get on against the Indian line-up. The ball that gets Sehwag out is the one that comes back between bat and pad and I haven't seen Pattinson bowl many of those. However, if he can get the ball to lift from a length (like, say, Tremlett) he'll be a handful for anyone. Siddle hasn't delivered much against good batsmen on good wickets and Hilf needs to be able to swing the ball. I daresay the Aussies remember the last Boxing Day Test (Australia rolled over for under 100, England 517) and won't be anxious to repeat that experience.

  • Ddharaniikota on December 22, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    My line up would be Starc, Pattinson and Siddle

    But the ideal line up for Australia would be: Cummins, Pattinson, Johnson and Ryan Harris with Lyon as the spin angle!!!

    India is lucky all are not fit!!!

    Hope Indian batsmen and Australian bowlers play their best cricket and we get to watch a proper test contest...unlike what happened in England!

  • jonesy2 on December 22, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    well done fellas, just keep doing what you have been doing and you will surely knock over the pensioner indian batting lineup.

  • satish619chandar on December 22, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Will the Vic pair get the new ball? If Hilfy is picked, he MUST get new ball as he is at his best with the new cherry..

  • longlivewoodoo on December 22, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    All d best guys. But u know that dad will always be dad.

  • HatsforBats on December 22, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Pattinson & Cummins will be an exciting attack if they maintain their development. Apart from the horror last Ashes Hilfenhaus has been solid for Australia (leading wicket taker for the 09 Ashes), so hopefully Hilfenhaus gets the nod in front of Starc. He can bowl all day and should maintain pressure better than Starc. He also contained Sehwag with some really good bouncers last test series in India. 4 days and counting.

  • RandyOZ on December 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Probably the most exciting young bowling prospect in the world with Philander and Cummins. Makes the likes of Finn look positively pedestrain. Will be an abolute star of world cricket.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 22, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    These victorians will hand over glorious victory to India. Pattison will be injured in the middle of series. - Prasant UNSW

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  • Prasant_NSW on December 22, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    These victorians will hand over glorious victory to India. Pattison will be injured in the middle of series. - Prasant UNSW

  • RandyOZ on December 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Probably the most exciting young bowling prospect in the world with Philander and Cummins. Makes the likes of Finn look positively pedestrain. Will be an abolute star of world cricket.

  • HatsforBats on December 22, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Pattinson & Cummins will be an exciting attack if they maintain their development. Apart from the horror last Ashes Hilfenhaus has been solid for Australia (leading wicket taker for the 09 Ashes), so hopefully Hilfenhaus gets the nod in front of Starc. He can bowl all day and should maintain pressure better than Starc. He also contained Sehwag with some really good bouncers last test series in India. 4 days and counting.

  • longlivewoodoo on December 22, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    All d best guys. But u know that dad will always be dad.

  • satish619chandar on December 22, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Will the Vic pair get the new ball? If Hilfy is picked, he MUST get new ball as he is at his best with the new cherry..

  • jonesy2 on December 22, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    well done fellas, just keep doing what you have been doing and you will surely knock over the pensioner indian batting lineup.

  • Ddharaniikota on December 22, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    My line up would be Starc, Pattinson and Siddle

    But the ideal line up for Australia would be: Cummins, Pattinson, Johnson and Ryan Harris with Lyon as the spin angle!!!

    India is lucky all are not fit!!!

    Hope Indian batsmen and Australian bowlers play their best cricket and we get to watch a proper test contest...unlike what happened in England!

  • landl47 on December 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how these guys get on against the Indian line-up. The ball that gets Sehwag out is the one that comes back between bat and pad and I haven't seen Pattinson bowl many of those. However, if he can get the ball to lift from a length (like, say, Tremlett) he'll be a handful for anyone. Siddle hasn't delivered much against good batsmen on good wickets and Hilf needs to be able to swing the ball. I daresay the Aussies remember the last Boxing Day Test (Australia rolled over for under 100, England 517) and won't be anxious to repeat that experience.

  • Alexk400 on December 22, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    It is going to be hilfenhaus vs Sehwag decide the series. If sehwag kill hilfenhaus , pattinson will lose confidence...if sehwag got out early then pattinson will tighten up noose around dravid ,lsachin and laxman... i think aussies will win the first test.

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    pattinson will be trashed all over the park by sehwag and dhoni,@randyoz yadav finn and philandar are most exciting young bowling prospect in the world makes the likes of cummins look positively pedestrian..........