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Indian Big Six doesn't scare young Oz bowler Pattinson


December 23, 2011 - Sydney

It will be a dream come true for young Aussie bowler James Pattinson when he will play his first ever Boxing Day Test.

He remains confident that it is going to be a good experience for him and that he won't be scared by the big reputations of Indian batsmen, especially the top order.

He was just a kid when Sachin Tendulkar visited Australia for the first time on a cricket tour and holds enormous respect for the likes of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

"You respect them really for the things they have done, but you can't really get intimidated by them once you face them on a cricket pitch. You have to be intimidating," says Pattinson.

The 21 year old took 14 wickets in his first two Test matches against the Kiwis and, is touted to have a bright future for the Aussies along with fellow pace man Patrick Cummins, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Pattinson also believes that most of Indian top six batsmen are ageing now and would definitely be having their poor performances during the English tour in mind.

Except Rahul Dravid, every batsman had struggled to cope with the pace and swing bowling of the English bowlers.

"You watched them in England and you felt that at times. But they went back to India and they've played some good cricket. It's going to be different conditions for them and no doubt they are going to have the England series in the back of their mind as well. They will still be hard to bowl to," he said

He also dismissed the notion that he would be testing the Indian batsmen with lots of short pitch stuff.

"Pitching it up and swinging the ball in the right areas is pretty good, especially with their batting line-up, they've got a lot of right-handers so you're going to have to bowl that way", says Pattinson

Pattinson is also staying in close touch with England bowling coach David Saker, previously of Victoria, so that he could learn few tricks from him to get the better of the Indian batsmen.

He stays quite confident to achieve good success against India batsmen and in spite of starting his career in a fine fashion, Pattinson only wants to concentrate on cricket.

He says, "'I don't let it change too much. I know a few people have spoken about keeping a level head and all that, but I do that normally, I don't get ahead of myself, I think that's the way I've been brought up".

ANI

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