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Pattinson wants more England caps

Darren Pattinson
Pattinson (centre) managed two wickets against South Africa

Darren Pattinson has set his sights on winning more England caps, although he accepts he may have to wait.

The Australia-raised Nottinghamshire bowler was controversially included in the second Test defeat against South Africa, taking two for 95.

"I've got things I need to learn and I know that my next chance might not come straight away," said the 29-year-old.

England coach Peter Moores has defended his inclusion insisting it was not an indictment of the selection system.

Pattinson was selected for the second Test at Headingley despite making only 11 first-class appearances for Nottinghamshire.

"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," he said.

"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.

Because he hasn't been through the system doesn't mean he should not be picked, I don't think

Peter Moores
England coach

"It was a bit tough walking into the dressing room for the first time but the guys welcomed me with open arms.

"I'd like to think that I can be involved again further down the track."

Pattinson was picked in place of the injured Ryan Sidebottom, ahead of the likes of Chris Tremlett, Simon Jones, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard.

His debut added to the uncertainty surrounding the line-up for the second Test at Headingley and, following the 10-wicket defeat, led captain Michael Vaughan to admit the final XI was a confused selection.

Pattinson statistics so far this summer - 29 wickets in six first-class matches for Nottinghamshire - elevated him above players who have been under central supervision with the England set-up at Loughborough, and sparked outrage among critics.

"I can see what people are saying but it is being taken in isolation because Stuart Broad came through that system," said England coach Peter Moores.

"Lots of players will come through that system, and are coming through nicely, so we shouldn't not pick someone who hasn't come through that system if we think 'Okay, actually this guy is the best for here'.

"Because he hasn't been through the system doesn't mean he should not be picked, I don't think."

Glamorgan's ex-Australia seam bowler Jason Gillespie told BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday that Pattinson should not be used as a scapegoat for England's second Test defeat to South Africa.

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"I can't imagine that many of the selectors had seen him in action," he said. "Maybe they were going on the faith of one selector.

"It was unfortunate. He tried his guts out and performed solidly."

Pattinson's inclusion also caused controversy because of his age and the fact that he was raised in Australia.

But he sought to clear up any confusion over his nationality.

"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."

The seam bowler is unlikely to keep his place for the third Test at Edgbaston, with Sidebottom expected to return.


see also
Selection was confused - Vaughan
21 Jul 08 |  England
Boycott hails Broad performance
22 Jul 08 |  England
Newell blasts Pattinson critics
21 Jul 08 |  Nottinghamshire
Pattinson pick concerns Harmison
19 Jul 08 |  England
Maynard critical over selectors
20 Jul 08 |  Cricket
SA on top after England collapse
18 Jul 08 |  England
South Africa in England in 2008
14 Nov 07 |  Cricket


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