General News | 22nd July 2008
Pattinson targets further England inclusion
Darren Pattinson has targeted further inclusion in the England side having reflected on his shock debut against South Africa at Headingley.
The Grimsby-born bowler was thrust into the spotlight after a late call to replace Ryan Sidebottom who missed the game with a back strain and is keen to prove that he has a part to play in England’s future plans.
“It’s happened a few times in my career when I’ve been picked out of nowhere and at the moment I feel that anything is possible,” said Pattinson.
“It’s been a big week for me and obviously I was nervous at first but I relaxed as it wore on and in the end it turned out OK.”
Pattinson has been in fine form for Nottinghamshire this season having signed a two-year deal at Trent Bridge in April but admits that he was surprised to get the nod from the England selectors.
“The first wicket was a bit lucky because the replays showed that it might have just missed the stumps but I got the ball to move a bit and had Prince caught behind,” he said.
“It was a bit tough walking into the dressing room for the first time but the guys welcomed me with open arms.
“I’ve got things that I need to learn about the game and I know that my next chance might not come straight away but I’d like to think that I can be involved again further down the track.
“I’ve only got an English passport. I’m a resident in Australia when I’m there so there was never a decision to make between playing for England or Australia.”