Melbourne: Australia's new fast bowling star James Pattinson continued his meteoric rise with a Man-of-the-Match all-round performance in the first Test thrashing of India in Melbourne on Thursday.
Pattinson, just 21, has made a huge impression in his three Tests this season and picked up his second Man-of-the-Match award with six wickets for 108 and two unbeaten knocks of 18 and 37. In three Tests, the youngster from Victoria has captured 16 wickets and impressed with his resolute batting at number nine.
Pattinson said it was a dream come true to play cricket for his country.
"I wasn't even born when (Sachin Tendulkar) started playing cricket, so to go out there and bowl against him and have some success against their batsmen is unbelievable. And to get a win is even better."
Pattinson, who put the experienced Indian batsmen on the back-foot with his aggressive bowling, said his natural game was to attack.
"It's just the way I play cricket, it's the way I've been brought up," he said. "I like to attack it, I like to go out there and do my own stuff. It's not a conscious effort (to intimidate), it's just the way I play."
Pattinson said he also placed a heavy emphasis on his batting to consolidate his place in the Australian team amid a fast bowling injury crisis.
"Nowadays, the way cricket's going, you need to be able to bat towards the end," he said. "You've seen so many valuable partnerships from the last two in many games of cricket, so it's something that I put a big emphasis on in the nets and practising trying to get as many runs as I can for the team, because it does help."
Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus frustrated India's efforts to wrap up the Australian second innings with a last-wicket stand of 43, which only made India's winning chances even more difficult.
"It does put the game back in our sort of favour and their opening batsmen didn't really want to be stuck out there too much longer, which they did," Pattinson said."It was big for us and it's just good that I can help out with the bat."
Meanwhile, skipper Michael Clarke saluted his three pacemen for twice knocking over India's strong batting line-up to earn Australia an emphatic winning start to the four-Test series in Melbourne. The Australian pace trio of Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus shared 19 wickets to restrict India to a two-innings total of 451, as the home side romped to a 122-run victory in four days.
Clarke praised his bowlers for their stout-hearted efforts.
"It was a really hard-fought Test match and we have to be at our best to beat India," said Clarke, who improved his record as Test skipper to four wins from nine Tests. "They've got a lot of class players, their batting order is as strong as any batting order in the world, so for our bowlers to have success I think they deserve a lot of credit."
"It helps when you've got three fast bowlers bowling with great control, good pace. That makes a big difference."
Australia's three pacemen also contributed significantly with the bat, with Siddle hitting 41 in the first innings and Hilfenhaus chipping in with knocks of 19 and 14 along with Pattinson's two unbeaten knocks.
"The advantage we have at the moment is Sidds and Patto are making runs, so they're making up for a few of us like me. I didn't make any runs," Clarke said.