So Darren Pattinson - why?

on July 22, 2008 by Administrator

England’s first big move since the shake up of selectors came last week which saw Notts squad member Darren Pattinson come into the side.

I think it is safe to say that he didn’t get a rousing reception when it was announced. England captain Michael Vaughan even confirmed that he hadn’t even seen him bowl. He got the new ball from one end and was brought off after three uninspiring overs. On came fans favourite Freddie Flintoff and the rest as they say is history. He did go on to claim two wickets on debut although one of them was a really poor LBW decision.

You had to feel sorry for the seamer who had only 11 first class games under his belt. It isn’t like he is a promising youngster bursting on to the scene, he hadn’t set the county scene on fire. He is 29 years of age and really is a club player who got lucky after a spate of injuries for Victoria gave him the opportunity to play for the state in the Pura Cup and in the domestic Twenty20 down under.

It wasn’t the fact that he was called up that stunned and upset watchers and the media alike. It was the fact that he came in over a numerous amount of better options. Chris Tremlett was in the squad in case Ryan Sidebottom’s back wasn’t good to go – it wasn’t but yet he wasn’t picked – why? Matthew Hoggard is a Yorkshire player and has been a valuable England player, why couldn’t he be recalled on his home turf?

Then there is Steve Harmiston who is another player who has been an England player in the past. He is having a fine season up at County Durham and is bowling with pace and bounce. He and Hoggard are both still on Central Contracts and are therefore being paid by England. Either would’ve been a fine pick as would the likes of Tremlett, Simon Jones or Sajid Mahmood.

Hopefully this was just a hiccup and not an insight into the future of selections from the new Board of Directors. If it is then I am fearful for the immediate future of the national side.

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