Botham slams selectors over Pattinson selection

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 18:29 [IST]
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London: Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham has lashed out at England's selection for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley that ended in a humiliating 10-wicket defeat for the hosts.

''The England team selection on Friday knocked me sideways,'' Botham said in his Daily Mirror column. ''I feel very sorry for Darren Pattinson, but I don't have any sympathy for the selectors who lost all sense of perspective and embarrassed English cricket.''

''When you overlook someone like Steve Harmison who has been told to go and get wickets and get his pace up, which he has, and you leave out Simon Jones, Sajid Mahmood, Matthew Hoggard what is that saying?'' he added. ''Please someone tell me who's magic hat this pick came out of. I want to know who said Pattinson was the man to come in ahead of all the other contenders.

''It was the most illogical, pathetic and diabolical piece of selecting I've seen. I couldn't believe that I was picking up the microphone to talk about an opening bowler for England that I'd never heard of.'' The 29-year-old Pattinson was handed his Test debut after Ryan Sidebottom failed a fitness test.

Pattinson was the first new cap since the current selection panel of Geoff Miller, James Whitaker and Ashley Giles took over.


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