Staying out of the national team for more than 3 years, pacer James Pattinson worked really hard to again don whites for Australia and was eager to record a memorable outing in the opening Test of Ashes at Edgbaston. While he regularly beat the outside edge, luck wasn’t on his side as the fierce pacer returned with match figures of 2-111.
Even former Australian quick Mitchell Johnson praised the intensity of Pattinson. However, he still believes that Pattinson needs to make way for Mitchell Starc who is expected to play the second Test which is set to get underway from August 14 at Lord’s.
The 37-year old opined that it is important to include Starc for Lord’s as the slope would aid a left-arm bowler to create difficulties for the batters. Moreover, Johnson argued that Starc’s swing and pace will be extremely handy as conditions will allow him to dictate the terms. Nevertheless, the Queensland born admitted the toughness of the decision as he believes that Kangaroos are blessed with a sturdy pace battery.