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  • 01 Aug
    导出博客文章November, 2011. An 18-year-old from New South Wales makes a stunning debut and
    is Man of the Match, but doesnt play another first-class game for two years. No,
    this story is not about Pat Cummins, although the description fits. This is
    about Kurtis Patterson. A week after Cummins bagged six-for in the baggy green
    in Johannesburg, Patterson plundered 157 in the baggy blue at the SCG.Neither
    man was seen again in first-class cricket until 2013 - Cummins due to the gamut
    of injuries that befall young fast men, and Patterson due at first to being
    squeezed out of the New South Wales XI, and then suffering injuries of his own.
    But now Patterson - nicknamed KP, of course - has made the progress that always
    seemed likely, and is about to make his debut for Australia A.His selection for
    this winters campaign, which begins with a four-day game against South Africa A
    in Brisbane this weekend, came after a summer in which Patterson scored 737
    Sheffield Shield runs at 52.64, putting him sixth on the competition tally. It
    was a year of significant gains for Patterson, now 23, who enjoyed the
    responsibility of batting at No.3 for New South Wales.There were centuries
    against Western Australia in Perth and against Tasmania in Hobart, and there
    were very few games in which Patterson did not make a contribution. Importantly,
    he has now established himself in the New South Wales side, something that
    seemed inevitable back in 2011 when he became the youngest batsman to score a
    hundred in Sheffield Shield history.Looking back at that hundred, I think there
    were two very big lbw shouts in my first 10 balls which, on another day, could
    very well have been given out, and my career is probably a totally different
    story, Patterson told ESPNcricinfo. Ive always put that in perspective and known
    that there was an element of luck involved in that.I was left out of the
    following game because we had a couple of guys coming back from Aussie duties.
    Then unfortunately over that Christmas break I was playing Under-19s for New
    South Wales and ended up tearing a quad. One thing led to another and that year
    I kept re-injuring myself. It was quite a frustrating time after that. But there
    were lessons learnt for sure, particularly around my body and first-class
    cricket.The following season was my first contracted season and that was a big
    learning curve, going from being essentially just a club cricketer to being a
    professional cricketer. Its a very different thing training five days a week as
    opposed to one or two. It was a big learning curve.The difficulty in making that
    transition perhaps contributed to Patterson sitting out of the New South Wales
    XI until November 2013, when he finally reappeared against England in a tour
    game, and then in a handful of Shield matches. It had been a long couple of
    years but Patterson was back - and still only 20 years old.I didnt want to be
    known as a one-hit player or anything like that, Patterson said. But at the back
    of my mind I always had confidence in my own ability and I felt, as a couple of
    seasons went past, that I was improving and it was just about having that same
    mentality as I did before my debut, making sure that if an opportunity came up I
    was ready for it.Patterson believes his game has improved since that debut
    hundred, particularly his ability to bat patiently and know where his off stump
    is. He has also gained perspective off the field, and is studying a business
    degree. Playing alongside his childhood idol Michael Hussey at the Sydney
    Thunder in the past couple of summers has certainly helped.It was a great thing
    for me, having him at the Thunder the last two seasons, Patterson said. Its just
    his general outlook on the game, and also the bigger picture than the game. His
    success didnt interrupt anything happening outside for him, and I thought that
    was great. For such a good player to be such a good guy, such a caring guy who
    was happy to help out youngsters - that was one great trait I saw in him.One
    lesson I did learn in my first year as a professional cricketer is that whilst
    its exciting and we do live a great life and have a great living, its also
    important for me to have a focus outside of cricket. It can be quite a tough
    game when youre not playing well, thats for sure.
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