New South Wales Blues top order batsman Kurtis Patterson hopes to continue on an upward trajectory after a good day one for Australia A in its second four-day match against India A in Bengaluru.
On Saturday, the 24 year-old scored a solid 48 from 71 balls in his third consecutive innings opening the batting for Australia A. He shared a valuable 92-run partnership with South Australian captain Travis Head (68) to lay the platform for a successful first day where the tourists finished 6/290 at stumps.
Patterson was asked about his progression as a player since he became the youngest batsman to score a century in the history of the Sheffield Shield when the then 18 year-old smashed 157, at the SCG in 2011.
The stylish left-hander believes he is a much better player than back then.
“Looking back on it, I had a lot of luck involved in that innings and it was just one of those days that comes along once every now and then in your career, and I was just really lucky that it was my first game that it happened,” Patterson said.
“I feel like I’m a lot better cricketer and a lot more mature person than I was back then.
“It’s been a really fun and enjoyable six years. I’ve been able to win a couple of titles with my state team, both One-Day and Shield cricket, and also a Big Bash title (for Sydney Thunder) in there as well.
“It’s been a really good six years and hopefully it certainly continues on that trajectory.”
Patterson was the leading run-scorer for NSW in the Sheffield Shield last season, with 672 runs at 37.33, but missed the opportunity to post a century.
Unfortunately, it has been a similar trend in India over recent weeks with a number of starts not translating to a big score.
“Yeah it is a little bit frustrating, as it always is,” Patterson said.
“I feel like I’m batting nicely, and having not opened that often in my career, I know that opening over here is probably one of the better places to bat.
“Obviously it starts turning later and skidding and playing a few tricks, so I’m a little bit disappointed I haven’t been able to push on, but also at the end of the day we had a really good team performance in game one.
“I’ve been happy to contribute in smaller ways and … I just feel like a big score is not that far away, if I keep doing the right things and keep improving and chatting with the coaches and what not.
“I’m not too frustrated at the moment, but absolutely I would’ve liked to have pushed on to a fifty or 100 somewhere.”
The two-match series has been widely reported as an opportunity for many members of the Australia A squad to push for selection in the Australian Test team to play against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates during October and November.
After a win in the first match, Patterson said that team success always helped players hoping to be picked for any representative team and that has been the emphasis from the leadership group on tour.
“We’re all aware that there are some spots available … but I think the thing we’ve done really well coming over here is we’ve really made an effort to play as a team and try and put on two really good team performances.”