James Pattinson wants internationally proven bowling coach.posted under: Australia | All news
|With Australia’s now former bowling coach Craig McDermott now out of the picture, his most prominent pupil James Pattinson has stood up and demanded an internationally proven bowling coach as McDermott’s long term replacement.
McDermott was the reason behind 22-year-old Pattinson’s blistering performance in four tests against India and the Kiwis. A foot injury had sidelined Pattinson for some time and on his returning test match, he injured his back while fielding. He is now fully fit in time for the tour to England.
With McDermott gone, Pattinson’s progress is no doubt going to be slowed down. The former coach had retired earlier citing family reasons.
“It is tough [without McDermott]. The bowling group was very happy with his input into the team, he did a fantastic job, especially for the young guys coming into the team and trying to find their way," Pattinson said. "I'm a bit disappointed to see him go, but that's life. Family things take a toll sometimes. It is sad to see him go, but he's only ever a phone call away and he's hopefully going to be there for the rest of my career giving me advice.
“I think for me in the West Indies, with such a good start I had [against India], I tried to do a bit too much with the ball and tried to take too many wickets - but the good thing is he's told me to keep it pretty simple and everything else will take care of itself. It's great to have him in the back of my mind, [someone] who I can give a call to and get some more advice,” he was quoted by a cricket website.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) are raring to start interviews for the impactful coach’s replacement. Australia’s team performance manager has already spoken to former Pakistan captain and coach Waqar Younis (for the job). Another choice the Aussies have is the current interim coach Ali de Winter, whose work as bowling coach for Tasmania did not go unnoticed. But he will have to earn the team’s trust before any permanent moves are placed. He will travel with the Aussies on their tour of England and Ireland.
“It's fantastic to have someone as your bowling coach who has had that experience at Test level or [of] international cricket. I think it's almost a must now, with the amount of cricket that we play, to have someone around the squad who has all that experience in there. For me it is a bit of an emotional roller coaster playing Test cricket, as I've found out over the six months I've been involved. So to have someone who has that experience and has done that before is outstanding, and definitely a must,” Pattinson added later.
Speaking about Ali de Winter, Pattinson was quoted saying: “We've had little bit of a chat, he's pretty fresh to me, I haven't had a lot to do with him over my career. But from all reports he's a fantastic bowling coach and he's done really well for Tasmania as you've seen over the last couple of years with their success with their fast bowling brigade. So he's another great inclusion into our squad of staff.”