Arthur receives boost

May 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Mickey Arthur’s hopes of having a fully-fit two-pronged attack full of youth for Australia’s upcoming tour of the British Isles has received a timely boost.

Fast bowler James Pattinson has revealed the only ingredient missing from his mission to recover from a back injury is “match intensity” but the chance to put in some hard miles at the AIS Centre of Excellence this week means he should be ready to go come late June.

Arthur has made no secret of his desire to unleash the Victoria man with fellow youngster Pat Cummins on old rivals England in a series that will undoubtedly provide a number of exciting live in-play betting options.

The coach believes the series represents a huge chance for Pattinson and Cummins to stake a claim for the summer home Test series against South Africa and beyond.

Pattinson jarred his back in the second Test against West Indies on the recent tour of the Caribbean but is now targeting “three weeks of going 100 per cent in the nets”.

The 22-year-old Melbourne-born prospect said he was relishing the chance to strike a psychological blow to their rivals ahead of the Ashes 2013 series and was determined to push for a place in the Test squad.

The cricket bets have not yet started to roll in, but when they do it’ll produce an accurate prediction of how the series might unfold.

“It’s an exciting time for Australian cricket at the moment with a lot of young guys coming through,” said Pattinson.

“I don’t think we’ve played in these conditions before so it’ll be a great learning curve before the Ashes next year.

“Hopefully it gives us a bit of an edge over the Poms and we can go over to the Ashes with one up over them.”


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