Ditch kangaroos, Australian pacer James Pattinson has asked fans to dress like tigers for the opening ODI against England this Sunday.
After annihilating England in the Ashes Test series, Australia look to stage a repeat in the five ODIs starting in Melbourne. While motivation is not in small measures for the hosts, 23-year-old Pattinson feels fans dressed like tigers will add to the team's fighting spirit. "From a players' point of view, there is quite a lot of talk in the dressing rooms about the different costumes that people are wearing in the crowd. It doesn't go unnoticed.," he was quoted as saying by news.com.au. "If I saw someone dressed up like this in the crowd I would get an extra couple of yards in my bowling. I think a lot of the boys would be spurred on by it." (Also read: How 'lady' luck transformed David Warner into a hero)
Pattinson has 15 ODI wickets from 11 matches but is raring to add more scalps to his record book. The 23-year-old, who recently dressed like a tiger for an exclusive Herald Sun photo shoot, says the idea is to also have some fun. "Obviously it's a bit of fun. It's a long day at the cricket so you've got to jazz it up every now and then."
While the Aussies may be looking at having some fun, it may well be at the expense of England. The MCG Test recently saw a record turn-out - an indication that the ODI here will be no different. And if fans decide to don their tiger costumes, the hunt may become even more thrilling.