Pattinson Honest About Australian Shortcomings
Little went right on the opening day for Australia against South Africa in Brisbane, although James Pattinson was probably their best bowler, with one for 53 in 20 overs.
That included the early wicket of Graeme Smith, although Pattinson admits that the fast bowlers failed to hit the right lengths early on and were unable to bowl well consistently as the day progressed.
"We were definitely too short early on," he said. "That can happen: coming into a big game, there can be plenty of nerves flying around and you want to try to get the ball in the right areas.
"We probably dropped a bit short early, but then we got an early wicket. Against good batsmen, you have to put them under pressure and we gave them the odd four-ball now and then."
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Peter Siddle took a wicket with a no ball before Hashim Amla, unbeaten on 90 overnight, was also dropped by the same bowler and Pattinson revealed that even the pitch had perhaps caught the Australians unawares.
"It wasn't the Gabba wicket we were used to. It was a bit slow and there was no real sideways movement. It's pretty soft all the way underfoot - usually it's soft on top and dries out as the day goes on."
However, he was quick to make it clear that he wasn't blaming the pitch for the fact that South Africa were able to close on an imposing score of 255 for two.
"We can make excuses but I think we probably lacked a bit of penetration and a bit of consistency. Our maiden count (16 bowled all day) was a big thing. We bowled well in patches."
He confirmed that the team remain positive going into day two where they hope they can fight back and end the century stand for the third wicket between Amla and Jacques Kallis (84 not out).
"The good thing about cricket is that there's another day," he added. "If we come out tomorrow and get some early wickets, you never know. If we can get them out for under 400 we can definitely put pressure on if we get as close to their total as we can. We're keeping a positive outlook."
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