Pattinson inspired by Harris and Johnson’s comebacks

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Pattinson is determined to make a huge impact during his Test comeback

Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has revealed that he was inspired by Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson’s comebacks from injuries and hopes he can have just as much of an impact as they have had when the national team tour South Africa next month.

Pattinson recently recovered from a lower back stress fracture and was forced to miss the Ashes series, in which Australia whitewashed England 5-0.

“It’s difficult when you want to be playing out there and you’ve had a taste of playing Test cricket and realising how good it is and how much you miss it when you’re not there,” Pattinson said. “But seeing the boys and how they went about it, you can learn a lot from that.

“Especially from two guys who have been through tough stuff with injuries, Mitch and Rhino, who is almost at his peak at 34. It holds me in good belief that I’m almost 10 or 12 years away from there. I know it’s going to be a long road, a tough road, but I’m looking forward to it.”

However, before he starts to get ahead of himself, Pattinson acknowledged that he still has a lot of work to do before the tour of South Africa.

“It’s hard to find your straps straight away,” he said. “I was quite lucky to get a few wickets with the Renegades early and helped my confidence a little bit. I bowled some good balls yesterday but there was a few bad balls in there, a few boundary balls. Once I get back playing continuous cricket and training, the more I’ll bowl, the better I’ll feel and the more consistent I’ll get with my bowling.”

Pattinson also noted that he expects to get some assistance from the pitches in South Africa, especially since they are renowned for being extremely pace-friendly.

“I think the wickets over there help a little bit,” he said. “They’re as quick if not quicker over there in South Africa. It’s a scary thought for the batsmen, knowing you’ve got Mitch, Rhino and Sidds in one team and then Steyn, Morkel and Philander in the other team.

“It’s a tough challenge and the batsmen are going to have to be on their game and the same with the bowlers. There’s big expectation on the bowlers to go over there and perform because there’s been so much talk. I think our bowling attack is suited to that.”

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