Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mum,COs the Word for Quick; England Got Close to Securing Pattinson

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mum,COs the Word for Quick; England Got Close to Securing Pattinson

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Byline: Stephen Brenkley

CRICKET: AustraliaCOs bowlers are the real deal. Common consent and common sense in both England and Australia insist that any hope of recapturing the Ashes lies in their hands.

Within their ranks there is no deal more real than James Pattinson, 150kmh of sleek pace, deceptive hostility and late movement. If the terracotta urn that creates all the fuss is to change hands, expect Pattinson to have invaded the souls of EnglandCOs batsmen.

Like so many of the speed merchantsCO breed, Pattinson is a gentle and genial chap off the field with plenty of time for a yarn. On it, he is a menace and at 23, 10 matches and 40 inexpensive wickets into his Test career, he is approaching his peak.

C[pounds sterling]I like the pressure coming into a big series,C[yen] he said at Worcester a few days ago as the tourists continued their rehabilitation following the dramas of their early weeks in Eng-land.

C[pounds sterling]I like having that expectation to do well. All the fast bowlers need that.

C[pounds sterling]ThatCOs the big thing about international cricket. YouCOre only in it for a short time and youCOre expected to perform well.

C[pounds sterling]Within this team at the moment, weCOve got a lot of young guys with amazing talent.C[yen]

It was an Australian type of response to the question, open and confident, which might be expected except that Pattinson has English parents. His dad, John, is from Grimsby, his mum, Sue, from Wombwell, Yorkshire, home of the most famous cricket loversCO soc-iety in the world.

The name might be familiar since his elder brother, Darren, 11 years his senior, infamously played one Test for England in 2008.

Pattinson Snr was called up to take on South Africa at Headingley in 2008 after playing only six matches for Nottinghamshire.

He took two for 90, as England lost by 10 wickets, and never played for the country again.

It was hardly his fault that he was picked, although he was playing county cricket in slightly confused circumstances Co an Englishman who had immigrated to Australia with his parents at the age of six but was able to ply his trade as a non-overseas player. …

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