General News | 19th July 2008

Pattinson Claims Maiden Test Wicket

Darren Pattinson claimed his maiden Test wicket as England fell behind South Africa on day two at Headingley.

Hawk-Eye replays suggested that the Nottinghamshire seamer’s full-toss would have gone on to miss leg stump but Hashim Amla was given out to cap a memorable week for Pattinson.

A relative unknown outside of Trent Bridge, his call up in preference to established internationals Chris Tremlett, Simon Jones, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard has provoked much media comment:

Mick Newell – Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket
“Darren seemed understandably nervous yesterday and conditions favoured the batsmen but he needed a wicket to feel involved and now he’s got that under his belt I’m sure we’ll see more from him.”

Geoff Miller – ECB Head of Selectors
"What we've seen of him is ideal for these conditions and other conditions elsewhere. Pattinson's bowled really well: he's outbowled the others. The message to those guys is that we've watched them play too and will continue to do so."

Chris Read – Nottinghamshire Captain
“He’s been thrown in at the deep end with England but that’s probably a good thing because it gives him less time to think about things. He’ll have a few butterflies in his stomach but he’ll be eager to get out there and use the new ball. Darren has done everything that we’ve asked of him and more this season and he’s been outstanding in all competitions.”

Shaun Graf – Victoria General Manager of Cricket Operations
"We didn't realise he wasn't an Australian citizen and didn't have an Australian passport. He actually only had a British passport and hence when he came home from playing overseas a couple of times he needed to get a visa which is a little bit strange."

Damien Fleming - Former Australian Swing Bowler

"It's unbelievable. I don't reckon he'll be doing any roof-tiling for a while. He's got good attributes. He's a pretty strong fellow, he's nice and tall, and he gets really good bounce. He has a pretty uncomplicated action, so not much can go wrong, and he's a ripping bloke, so I don't think temperament would be an issue either."

Brendan McArdle – Former Victoria all-rounder

"It was in his mind to play county cricket, but we never thought England. McArdle said. He's so Australian in his ways you would never believe it. He's a competitive bugger."

Graham Gooch – Former England Captain

”Today's selection of Darren Pattinson for England is one of the most leftfield decisions I've ever seen. I've got no problem with Darren but we've got to look at the bigger picture. I captained England 34 times and many of the players under me were born overseas. These were men who decided to make their life in England and bring up their kids here. They were passionate about playing for the three Lions, but Pattinson's father says he's a proud Aussie - and his brother plays for their Under-19 side. Can you switch from being a proud Australian to a passionate Englishman overnight?”

Matthew Hoggard – Yorkshire bowler
“I might have been a bit upset when I saw that Ryan Sidebottom had been forced out and Darren Pattinson had got the nod. I have seen him bowl. I genuinely thought he was Australian. When I spoke to him he has an Australian accent. This is his first year and I thought he was over here on a Kolpak. Mr Pattinson has been bowling as well as anybody. You have other people who have been stalwarts and have put in the years in county cricket but you have to look to the here and now.”

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Darren Pattinson celebrates his first Test wicket

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