[caption id="attachment_796024" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-796024" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Justin-Langer.jpg" alt="Justin Langer" width="628" height="355" /> Justin Langer has backed Kurtis Patterson's selection (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> threw a surprise when they picked <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kurtis-patterson">Kurtis Patterson</a> for the first Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> at Gabba despite not being part of an initial squad of 13. <p></p> <p></p>When the original squad for the two-Test Sri Lanka series was announced, Will Pucovski was touted to make his debut and ahead of the pecking order on the basis of his excellent show in Australia's first-class competition Sheffield Shield, averaging 69.88 this season. <p></p> <p></p>However, Patterson leapfrogged him after hitting 157* and 102* for Cricket Australia XI against Sri Lanka at Hobart in a tour match. Explaining the decision, Australia coach Justin Langer admits the call must have raised a few eyebrows but based on what the left-hander had done in the warm-up match, that was a logical decision. <p></p> <p></p>"You agonise more probably at this point of the season about what s going to get reported on, if I m completely frank," Langer said. "It shouldn t be, hopefully I ll get tougher over the years that way (and I) won t think about that. But it was a common-sense decision. <p></p> <p></p>Patterson scored 30 and took a stunning catch in the slips in Brisbane as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs to take 1-0 lead in the series on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Langer said Patterson was rewarded for what he did in Hobart and that he's happy with the flexibility the management displayed. "(Patterson) got a hundred in both innings against Sri Lanka and you talk about rewarding performance. So when it came down to that, although we d selected the squad before, I was really glad we had the courage to have that flexibility and bring someone in from outside that original squad," he said.