Patterson hopeful of Test recall
Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Perth Scorchers and New South Wales batsman Kurtis Patterson is bullish on winning back his spot in the Australian Test side, telling SportsDrive he's uncertain on where he sits in the pecking order after a summer riddled by injury.
"I don't really know to be perfectly honest." the 26 year old said on Tuesday.
"When you're out of the Australian system and the team is doing as well it has done over the past 12 months, I don't really know where I sit."
"The one thing I have learnt over the last 5-6 years of my career is just to worry about what's in front of me and let the other stuff take care of itself."
The first year Scorchers player will return to play with New South Wales after the BBL concludes, the Blues top of the table without a loss throughout the first six games of the summer.
" The next four games are with Duke balls, so it's another opportunity to get better against the swinging ball, there's only two Tests before the next home summer later this year," Patterson said.
"If I can just worry about playing and winning games for the Blues the rest will take of itself."
Patterson last played a Test for Australia in February 2019 against Sri Lanka, scoring his maiden Test century in Canberra.
Poor form for Australia A in England cost him an Ashes place, before tearing his quadricep tendon while fielding against Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match last October.
Patterson made his return to competitive cricket against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, making 20 from 17 balls before making 2* against former side Sydney Thunder on Monday.
The left hander was delighted to be back playing after a long absence from the game.
"It's been really nice getting back out there over the last two games, it always makes it that little bit more sweeter when you beat your old team but the most important factor is that last night we gained a little bit of momentum heading in to the business end of the season." Patterson said.
The Scorchers continue their push for a place in the revamped finals format in BBL09 against Adelaide Strikers on Friday.