NSW star Kurtis Patterson chases Test spot
New South Wales batsmen Kurtis Patterson will head into the next round of the Sheffield Shield competition with an eye to a Test spot as the Australian summer heats up.
The young Blue from has been on the eyes of selectors for a number of years now – playing for Australia A and most recently the Prime Minister’s XI against South Africa.
The first Test between Australia and India will begin on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval with a number of spots up for grab on the back of a poor tour of the UAE.
Shaun Marsh looks to have secured a spot after a big hundred in the final ODI against South Africa on Sunday, but with the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all suspended, there’s spots aplenty up for grabs.
Patterson has had a mixed start this season scoring 198 runs at 39.6 including three half centuries, but the 25-year-old knows what he has to do.
“I think it’s kind of been that way for a couple of years,” Patterson said.
“It’s not necessarily anything overly new, I completely understand I haven’t scored enough hundreds for NSW and probably haven’t put in enough real match winning innings.
“I’ve spoken about that with the selectors and I’m really clear on what I need to do which is a nice feeling.
“So it’s just about going out there, I don’t like to think about future selections.
“I’ve done that in the past and it hasn’t boded too well for me, so I just have to go out and enjoy my cricket, enjoy my batting and try and win some games for NSW.”
The Blues will play Queensland in Canberra with the clash beginning on Friday.
NSW welcome back their trio of pace stars – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in a formidable bowling quartet alongside Nathan Lyon.
It could also be a Test bat-off with the likes of Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne lining up for the Bulls.
Listen to the full interview below: