New South Wales Blues batsman Kurtis Patterson has scored his second unbeaten century for the Cricket Australia XI during the three-day day-night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Saturday.
After the stylish left-hander made 157 not out in the first innings, Patterson scored 102 not out in the second on day three.
He resumed the day 30 not out and brought up his second century of the match from 135 balls. The Cricket Australia XI declared its second innings closed at 3/224 to set Sri Lanka 365 to win the fixture at Blundstone Arena.
During his 136 balls at the centre in the second innings, Patterson reached the boundary 13 times. He hit 21 fours and one six in the first.
The centurion shared two partnerships worth 90 with Marnus Labuschagne (50) and 20-year-old Will Pucovski (33 not out).
It was also his third century within the last seven days after he amassed 167 not out for his club, St George, in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket last Saturday.
After his impressive unbeaten 157 on Thursday, Patterson said his purple patch of form was reflective of his mindset at present.
“It was really nice to get the club hit out of the way,” said Patterson.
“I love batting at Hurstville Oval, I love playing my club cricket, just for me at the moment I’m just really excited to be playing cricket and batting well.
“Hopefully I can keep this clarity and hunger in my head.”
Last season, Patterson made 672 Sheffield Shield runs at an average of 37.33, but no century. Until late November, he had not made a First Class hundred in more than two years.
He broke that drought during the 104-run Shield win for the Blues against Western Australia at Perth Stadium, which Patterson said was the turning point.
“I feel like there was a big monkey off the back in Perth,” he said.
“I just feel like it’s off the shoulders, that weight is not there, and I can go out there with some really good clarity and just play my game.”
Patterson said he went too far last year and tried to change his game too much once he reached 40, 50 or 60.
“This year I’ve done a lot of work with my coaches,” he said.
“I need to give a lot of credit to Beau Casson (Blues batting coach) back at New South Wales.”
“Really this year it has just been about maintaining my thoughts and what I have been doing to get to 40 or 50 and having a more relaxed nature when I am at the crease.”
“The hundred came in Perth, but I feel like it could have come in those earlier games, because the mentality has been that way the entire season.”
As was evident on day three, Patterson said on Thursday his hunger to score runs is driving him to continue his current form.
“I’m really looking forward to just getting back to, whether it is Big Bash if I get an opportunity, but if not, getting back to the Blues and trying to win that Shield and score as many runs as possible.”