James Pattinson grateful to Peter Siddle for motivation

Australian bowler James Pattinson who grabbed six wickets in the first Test was awarded Man of the Match Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 30, 2011

Australian pace sensation James Pattinson has thanked senior fast bowler Peter Siddle for his motivation, that the young bowler believes helped him perform better in the recently-concluded first Test against India.

Pattinson was quoted in BCCI website as saying,” Pete s (Peter Siddle) fantastic. The courage he shows just comes out game after game and he gives it his all and gets the adrenaline in the team going and especially in me.

“It s fantastic to have him in the team and [it s been a] good day [ ] as well.”

The rookie bowler was awarded Man of the Match for grabbing six wickets in the Boxing Day Test. An ecstatic Pattinson said it was dreamlike for him to perform at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

He said,” It s a pretty surreal sort of feeling for me at the moment. We have come [here] under a bit of pressure [after] Hobart against New Zealand, having lost that game. [To] come here and win the Boxing Day [Test] is just unbelievable.”

Pattinson felt the crowd support for the home team was crucial. He said,” It is my home patch and the crowd has been absolutely fantastic. We have had 200,000 people over the four days and the Victoria support, there is nothing like it.

“It is the best in the business and to have them behind me has helped us along the way.”