Bowler James Pattinson makes an appeal playing for Australia.
Bowler James Pattinson makes an appeal playing for Australia. DAVE HUNT

'I better pull my head in a bit more'

EVEN on the other side of the world, Collingwood is causing grief - this time on the cricket field.

Victorian paceman James Pattinson has been reprimanded by the English Cricket Board for "excessive appealing" while playing in a county game for Nottinghamshire last week.

Pattinson, who helped the Bushrangers steamroll their way to a third-straight Sheffield Shield title last month, said Collingwood, in particular former England Test player Paul Collingwood, was to blame for his outburst.

"I had Collingwood plumb lbw and the umpire gave it not out," the 26-year-old told radio station RSN from the UK.

"I went on a bit too long. I think in county cricket you don't get away with as much as you do back home. It's a bit more strict so I better pull my head in a bit more."

Pattinson has taken his solid run of first-class form to the county season as he looks to continue his push for a recall to the national side after an injury-filled 2016.

His five wickets against Durham last week took his tally to 13 wickets from his first two County Championship matches and he has also made a half-century with the bat.

Pattinson's resurgence, and the Test return of fellow speedster Pat Cummins in India, has reignited the prospect of a four-man pace attack, with incumbents Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, taking on England in the Ashes this summer.

"There is still seven months until the Ashes, and seven months is a long time, but it would be fantastic," he said.

"I know it is something Cricket Australia has been working on for a long time to have us all up and going at the same time."

Pattinson is also in the selection frame for Australia's Champions Trophy squad, with the tournament to be played in the UK in June.

News Corp Australia


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