When you watch James Pattinson bowl as he did today with pace, confidence and intelligence - you are drawn to the immense skill on view. Then when you sit back and consider that he is a rookie in his fourth Test, you can only marvel at what the future holds for Australian pace bowling.
At 21, Pattinson has years ahead of him and is the future of Australia's bowling. He has now galloped to 24 wickets from three and a half Tests, including ten in this series. He's not just getting wickets, hes getting big wickets. In Melbourne: Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni. In Sydney: Gautam Gambhir, Sehwag, Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. And we still have another innings to go.
Michael Clarke has been content using Pattinson for short bursts and it has produced results. In India's first innings at the MCG, he took 2 for 55 in five spells, four of which were of five overs and one three. In the second innings, Pattinson's match-winning 4 for 53 was spread across three spells of five overs.
His success on day one at the SCG was again the result of pace, movement and determination over three short bursts. Pattinson is a red-faced fast bowler, and there's nothing quite like an early wicket to set his juices pumping. With the third ball of the match, he turned Gambhir almost inside out with wickedly jagging away movement and bounce and flew to
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