Out of favour Pattinson says he is okay with not playing for England again

September 30th, 2008 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept.30 (ANI): Out of favour England fast bowler Darren Pattinson has revealed that he had disagreed with the England selectors” decision to play him in the second Test against South Africa at Headingley, and given the acrimony that followed his July call-up, the Victorian-born pace man said he would be content to never again play for England.
“I probably didn”t agree with the selection, as it was,” Pattinson said.
“I don”t think I”d be picking someone to play the one Test when they haven”t really played that many first-class games and weren”t in the squad. It was a left-field selection. If I was in [the selectors''] situation, I wouldn”t have picked me to play for England when there were guys like Steve Harmison - who I know has had his problems - waiting in the wings and ready to go, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Pattison, as saying.
It’’s really an astonishing story, when you think about it. If I never played another international, I”d be OK with that. As far as the England players were concerned, they were nice and very welcoming. I guess [Michael] Vaughan was coming to the end of his captaincy at the time, so there might have been a few issues there. I didn”t get all the stuff he said, but I take it was mostly to do with the selection,” he added.
Born in Lincolnshire, but raised in Victoria, Pattinson had played just 11 first-class games for Victoria and Nottinghamshire when called into the England Test team.
The decision to name an ageing and relatively untried pace man for a one-off Test appearance drew howls of indignation from the British press, and prompted Vaughan to describe his selection as “confused”.
Three months on, Pattinson can”t quite comprehend the events that transpired around the time of the second Test, which culminated in a 10-wicket victory for South Africa.
Nor can he understand why much of the criticism levelled against his selection took on such a personal tone when, in reality, he merely answered England’’s call.
“It probably hurt my family more than me,” he said. “I was just trying to take wickets and get on with it but - and you know what the British press can be like - it was tough for my wife. To be honest, it didn”t bother me all that much but it got to her a bit. I hadn”t predicted any of it. I was just coming over to play county cricket as another way of earning a bit of extra cash. I was more than happy to get the opportunity to play international cricket but with all the stuff that came with it, it’’s hard to say just how I view the whole experience right now. I”m sure I”ll look back in a few years and be happy I played a Test, but there are a few mixed feelings at the moment.”
Pattinson flew out of England on Sunday, and will resume training with his club, Dandenong, and the Victorian state squad this week. The right-armer finished with 49 wickets at 25.61 for Nottingham, who went within an ace of claiming the coveted county title last weekend.
Pattinson would appear to be a prime candidate to assume the role of double agent for Australia ahead of next year’’s Ashes series. But with a county contract to protect, the Victorian pace man insisted he had no intention of turning informant against his one-time England teammates.
“I have lived in Australia pretty much all my life, and [playing for England] wasn”t anything I”d really thought too much about,” Pattinson said.
“But I”ve got to come back to Nottingham, so I think being seen to do that would get me in a bit of trouble. I”ve had some great experiences in England this season, and I think it will make me a better bowler.” (ANI)

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