Pattinson gets shock England call

Updated: 23 July 2008 18:15 IST

Former roof tiler Darren Pattinson received a surprise call up into the England squad for Friday's second Test against South Africa.

Pattinson gets shock England call

Leeds:

Former roof tiler Darren Pattinson received a surprise call up into the England squad for Friday's second Test against South Africa as James Anderson became the latest member of the hosts' attack to suffer a back problem.

The uncapped Pattinson, born in Grimsby, but raised in Australia, only made his first-class debut in January 2007 after several seasons playing for Melbourne club side Dandenong.

But his first match for Victoria saw the now 29-year-old paceman take four for 87 against South Australia.

He joined Nottinghamshire at the start of this season after being recommended to the Midlands county by Australian batsman David Hussey in 2006 and impressing in several net sessions.

England did have the option of calling-up the likes of 2005 Ashes heroes Simon Jones, Stephen Harmison and Mathes Hoggard but instead opted for Pattinson, who has taken 29 first-class wickets this season at 20.86 apiece.

"It's been an incredible couple of months and to have the chance to play Test cricket for England would be the ultimate honour," Pattinson said Thursday in a Nottinghamshire statement.

He added: "Mick Newell (the Nottinghamshire director of cricket) knew he was taking a bit of a risk when he signed me because I was relatively unknown.

"But I'm really pleased I've been able to repay him by taking wickets for Notts. I felt that I was bowling better than I ever had throughout my last six months in Australia and the conditions in England have helped me to develop further," Pattinson explained.

Pattinson, who signed a two-year deal with Trent Bridge-based Nottinghamshire in April, took eight wickets on his County Championship debut, against Kent and was recently included in England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Newell, who orginally signed Pattinson as cover for England pace bowlers Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad, both of whom could be lining up alongside their county colleague at Headingley, said: "It's an amazing rags-to-riches story and it demonstrates that players who perform in county cricket are recognised by the England selectors.

"Darren made an excellent start to the season and his form has carried through. He seems to take everything in his stride and he has the temperament to produce consistent performances."

An England statement on Thursday, announcing Pattinson's call-up, said Anderson had experienced back stiffness following practice in the indoor nets.

England already had an injury doubt over Sidebottom because of the back strain the left-arm quick suffered during the drawn first Test of this four-match series at Lord's.

Hampshire paceman Chris Tremlett, who played the last of his three Tests against India at The Oval in August 2007, was called-up earlier Thursday as cover for Sidebottom.



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