Pattinson believes Australia’s pace bowling attack is just as good as South Africa’s
Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has revealed that the national teams’s bowling attack will be licking their lips at the challenge of disproving the underdogs tag associated with them when they clash head-to-head with the South African seamers.
With the first Test scheduled to be played on November 9 in Brisbane, the Australian team are considering using a bowling attack either consisting of four pacers or three fast bowlers and one spinner, which is highly likely to be Nathan Lyon.
Pattinson noted that the majority of the pressure would be on the South African pace attack since they have to defend the claim that they are the best in the world.
In the official Test rankings for bowlers, Dale Steyn is in top place, followed by Vernon Philander at second, while Morne Morkel is at ninth.
“We are the underdogs and there is a lot of pressure on them to do really well. We have got a couple of young guys coming on with Starc bowling really well, but there is not as big an expectation on us to do well as there is on them,” Pattinson said.
Pattinson also mentioned that the national selectors were having a tough time of choosing whether he himself, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Pat Cummins or Mitchell Starc will be left out for the first Test.
“It is going to be pretty tough for the selectors, whether they play four seamers at the Gabba or play a spinner, and which four seamers they do play, it is going to be very interesting. The best thing we can all do is make sure we are up and ready to go. If it (selection) comes, it comes – if it isn’t your day, so be it. You just put your head down and keep working hard,” Pattinson added.