James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings against West Indies © Getty Images
James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings against West Indies © Getty Images

James Pattinson’s bowling mentor Craig McDermott spoke about his ward’s bowling action, saying that a transition from an old action to a new action will sometimes be difficult to adapt to. McDermott spoke of the science behind Pattinson’s bowling action, saying that “In a transition from an old action to a new action, sometimes in competition your body will want to go back a little bit to the way it was. That happened in the second innings a little bit, but it was more about Patto jumping in a straight line through the crease and going towards the target with his body and getting his arm path down a little bit below the perpendicular and his wrist behind the ball all the time. The bottom half is still different. Sometimes his back foot gets a bit more front on down the wicket, but generally he’s travelling pretty well. We tried to get his back foot as far towards 90 degrees as we possibly could to start with, knowing that when you get back into competition mode it’s always going to creep back the other way. He’s anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees at any one stage so it’s not too bad.” READ: James Pattinson ditched new action for older one to spear-head Australia’s victory

Speaking to Cricinfo, McDermott said, “Every bowler is different, but Patto’s had a number of stress fractures and even at the age of 25 he’s probably had more than someone like Mitchell Starc who’s had one. He’s got to be careful, old stress fractures sometimes don’t heal 100%, a bit like with Pat Cummins at the moment, after about a month his were still not healing that well, so he’s put in a brace just to make sure that does restrict his movement.”

McDermott, who led Australia’s pace attack in his prime, went on to say, “Patto’s still got to be careful even at his age, just because of the amount of stress fractures he has had in the past that he may not get a new one but you can always open an old one, which may not have healed as strong as some of the other bone matter has. I don’t think it’s right to compare Patto’s body with Mitchell Johnson’s body or with Mitchell Starc’s body, everybody’s differently made up.” READ: James Pattinson’s 5-33 vs West Indies in 1st Test still not enough to make him Australia’s main bowler

One of the things McDermott told Pattinson was to not over-think. “There were a couple of things I spoke to Patto about the night after the first innings. One was ‘don’t think too much about it, just really bowl the ball’, and the other thing was ‘try to get your arm path down a little bit, because if it’s up too high it is very hard to get your wrist behind the ball.’ They were the only two things I spoke to him about the night before. His first wicket in the second innings if you look at the slo-mo, it’s very good as far as the seam position and all of that sort of stuff goes. There’s still some variation in that with him, but everything’s coming along pretty well. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, as we’ve discussed since then. But some wickets will give him confidence.”

McDermott concluded by saying, “I think Patto’s one of those and Nathan Coulter-Nile’s got the ability to do that as well. Josh is really starting to hone his skills with his lengths, Sidds does what Sidds does, nothing changing there. Certainly leading into the next two Test matches and New Zealand, those guys stand us in pretty good stead.” READ: James Pattinson’s fifer helps Australia thrash West Indies by innings and 212 runs in 1st Test