Sydney, Jan 4: James Pattinson becomes the first Aussie pacer in 30 years to have claimed 24 wickets in opening four Test matches.
Pattinson's marvellous effort propelled him to join the elite club as Terry Alderman, the last fresh-faced Australian to have posted the same figures in 1981.
Though he has been impressive in the first four tests of his cricketing career, he faces a tough competition for the title of the cricket world's emerging pace star, with Vernon Philander of South Africa who has taken 24 wickets in his first three Tests against Australia and Sri Lanka.
“I"m loving it, that"s for sure. Just to be out there playing against some of the best batsmen in the world, especially getting Sachin, that"s something I"ll remember my whole life," Pattinson said.
Pattinson also said that a brief chat with Glenn McGrath the previous week of the second Test, helped him focus on line and length, so that pace “would take care of itself".
This emerging pacer, has threatened India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he ripped through the batting order with ease. With another innings to go, it remains to be seen how many wickets he would add to his kitty and increase it to the existing tally of 24.