Australia cricketer Kurtis Patterson (Courtesy- ICC)
Australia cricketer Kurtis Patterson (Courtesy- ICC)

Kurtis Patterson added to Aussie Test squad for SL series

ANI | Updated: Jan 21, 2019 13:41 IST

Dubai [UAE], Jan 21 (ANI): Kurtis Patterson has been added to the Australian squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
The 25-year-old got a late maiden call-up following his back-to-back unbeaten centuries (157* and 102*) in the three-day warm-up fixture at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.  
“The National Selection Panel has added Kurtis Patterson to the squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Kurtis has been pushing his case for selection for some time, he has been a consistent top order player for New South Wales (NSW), was a member of the Australian A tour of India prior to the commencement of our summer, and was most recently selected to compete in the day/night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart,” ICC quoted National Selector Trevor Hohns, as saying on Monday.
“We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection, and given Kurtis’ consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad," Hohns said.
The left-handed batsman has amassed 3813 runs at an average of 41 in first-class cricket, including six centuries and 26 half-centuries. Patterson blazed his best score of 157 in first class-cricket on debut.
"Kurtis has joined the squad in Brisbane to commence our preparations for the first Test starting on Thursday," Hohns added.
Australia and Sri Lanka will lock horns for the first Test on January 24 in Brisbane, followed by the second Test on February 1 in Canberra. (ANI)