Kurtis Patterson

"The answer is 'no'."

It was the response of Australian coach Justin Langer to Weekend Australian when asked a few weeks ago if he knew who were the top six batters in Australia. were.

"You take Smith who has 79 hundreds, you take Warner who has 88 hundreds – I'm talking about all grade A crickets – you take them away." [out] Cameron Bancroft that you could say he's just starting to find his feet, it was a bit of the heartbeat of the team … there are certainly some questions, "said Langer.

That was a few days before the Australia A squadron flew to India for a one-day homerun, and about two weeks before the four days of Australia A against India A. With just one batting turn in the series for Australians, Langer, perhaps, still does not have much clarity about who those top six are, with the upcoming UAE Australia tour. So inseparable have been the actions of the Australians, that except for the great performances of Khawaja on one end, and Peter Handscomb's low performance on the other, the contest is overwhelming.

In that middle-aged group is Kurtis of NSW Patterson, who had been pushed to open, what he calls the "best place to hit" in the subcontinent. So far he has considered the best hitter of the visitors, but he has not converted his starts into substantial scores.

"Yes, it's a bit frustrating," said Patterson. "I feel like I'm hitting well and not having opened so much in my career, I know the opening here is probably one of the best places to hit, start spinning later and skate and play tricks, a little disappointed that I have not been able to follow ahead ".

Patterson made 48 of 71 balls, including eight classy limits, before he was knocked down through the door by left-hander Shahbaz Nadeem in Alur. Until the dismissal, it was a possibility full of grace, and was particularly fluid on the floor against the spinners who were taking the ball away. In his batting they were glimpses of why the 25-year-old lefty has a good score, but premature departure marked a career trend.

Patterson began his first-class career in style, when he became New South Wales "youngest centurion in cricket Sheffield Shield at the age of 18, debuted in 2011. Shortly after, Patterson rejected a contract for Big Bash League to focus on a U-19 national tournament and a second NSW appearance on XI 19659002] These were signs of a man leaning toward conventional growth as a hitter, but things have not gone along that path Patterson's 157 in his debut is still his highest score in first-class cricket, and since then he has made four hundred in 90 innings, the last in October 2016. They are not ideal numbers for a first-order hitter during seven years, but his average is still more than 40. The biggest concern is that since that debut entry, Patterson has faced more deliveries on only four occasions.

But Patterson minimized it, and He felt that he was not far from a great score. More importantly, he said, he is now a better player than ever. Patterson was the tenth best scorer in the Sheffield Shield in 2017-18, with 672 runs in 19 innings, and for the second consecutive season, he made more than 600 runs.

"I'm a much better player than I was back then [during the debut]". Patterson said: "I was very lucky in that possibility, it was one of those days that appears once in a while in your career, and I was lucky it was my first day when it happened."

"I feel like I'm a much better player and cricketer, much more mature than me. To win a title with my state team, both the one-day cricket and the Shield cricket and also a Big Bash title there as well. It's been six good years and with luck they continue on that trajectory. "

With Australia captain A, Mitchell Marsh approaching a hundred in Alur, the battle for what could be the last places of the Pakistan series has been Ostensibly reduced to that of a starter and reserve hitter, Handscomb, Head and Patterson would appear as favorites, with Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland, who was originally not chosen for the four days, a left-field choice.

"All we are aware that there are some places available, it does not take a genius to know, "said Patterson. But I think what we really have done well is to come here and play as a team and put on two good performances. Obviously we did it in game one, and we are doing exactly the same in game two.

"I think that's the best way, when you win, in general, many players are chosen, we all know it, we have to try to get races, yes, there is a carrot with the side of the test, but I think what the Leadership group has done really well is to emphasize the importance of playing as a team and playing to win. "

The moment, even with average numbers in India, Patterson comes in second in the aforementioned three horse race. But in a year of Australian cricket that will be remembered for a long time for its tumult, and with a focus on repair, Patterson does not have a better chance of finally turning his potential into a loose green. If only he can make the last chance count.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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