Confusion may have surrounded the unexpected selection of Darren Pattinson by England for the second Test against South Africa at Leeds, but the Grimsby-born, Australia-raised quick bowler is perfectly clear about his cricketing ambitions.
Yesterday, as the First Division leaders Nottinghamshire turned the screw on third-placed Durham, Pattinson said: "It's worked out well for me at Notts. When I signed my only target was to prove that I could cut it at county level. Things have moved on a lot quicker, and I've set myself new goals – which include earning further recognition for England."
Pattinson had headed to Headingley with 29 Championship wickets to his name and, while he was unable to add to that haul yesterday, those wickets had been enough to get him into the England team and, having had a taste of international cricket, he wants more.
"I've got a young family who have travelled halfway around the world with me and they have found the last month really difficult," he said. "The media interest was new to us and something that, naively, I didn't expect. I now need to focus on things that I can control and it's been shown that if I perform well for Notts then I can force my way into the selectors' thoughts."
Despite Pattinson's lack of first-class experience – this match against Durham is only the 13th of his career – Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell is so confident in the bowler's ability that he is looking to extend his contract.
Pattinson was overshadowed yesterday by the return of another England bowler, Stuart Broad, as a XII of Nottinghamshire played a XII from Durham – the release of Broad and Steve Harmison to join their counties came too late to allow them to take part in the morning session, so Nottinghamshire turned to André Adams, who picked up the valuable wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and Durham to Graham Onions.
Durham wickets fell steadily, with only the former Nottinghamshire batsman Will Smith putting up any fight. He had spent five years at Trent Bridge during which his highest first-class score was 60. He bettered that by 25 yesterday and looked set to follow up a double-century in his previous innings against Surrey with a century, until he drove Broad to mid-on.
* England must decide whether to accept an offer of one place in this October's Twenty20 Champions League after being outvoted in the dispute over whether teams who have players with links to the rebel Indian Cricket League should be allowed to take part. England had proposed an amnesty for ICL players, which would have allowed Kent, runners-up in the English Twenty20 Cup final, to participate.Reuse content