New South Wales Blues and Sydney Thunder top order batsman Kurtis Patterson has arrived in India and joined the Australia A squad for the first of two four-day matches against India A at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Patterson said he was excited about the upcoming matches and felt his preparation for the tour had gone well.
“Bengaluru is beautiful at the moment, the weather is not too hot, it’s just a nice temperature so I know the boys and myself are really looking forward to getting out there and playing some longer form cricket,” Patterson said.
Patterson is one of four players who join the squad for the two-match series after the Australia A One-Day side went down to India B in the final of the Quadrangular series on Wednesday. The series also featured India A and South Africa A.
The other players include Australia A captain and Western Australian allrounder Mitch Marsh, Victorian spinner Jon Holland and Queensland fast bowler Brendan Doggett.
The tour represents an opportunity for all four players to secure a spot in the Australian Test team for the series against Pakistan in the UAE during October, but Patterson said possible selection in that squad was not affecting the way he prepared for the two matches.
“Like any game, I’m just looking to go out there and try and put runs on the board and put the team in a good position to win that game,” he said.
Patterson said the preseason with the Blues had provided him with a great preparation for the tour.
“We’ve been out on turf since mid-July, so that’s been fantastic.
“Before coming here I had about nine days in Brisbane and got to train on the spin wicket up there which is great.
“I certainly feel like I’m ready to go and ready to play some cricket.”
Since arriving in India, Patterson has spent time becoming acquainted with the different conditions Indian wickets present.
“The first hit was pretty much getting use to the wickets and the second one yesterday was really good, working on a couple of specific things with (Australia A coach) Graeme Hick … in terms of playing spin and also playing some reverse swing and different things like that,” Patterson said.
Patterson said he had learned from previous trips to India with various teams, including the Australian Under 19 squad, that the conditions are very different on the subcontinent.
“You can’t come over here and play the same way as we do in Australia,” he said.
“There are some fundamental differences in the way you have to go about your batting and the way you build your innings, so hopefully I will be able to put them into practice come game time.”
Patterson said while it was his preference to bat at No. 3 in the batting order, he was happy to fulfil whatever role is best for the team during the tour.
“I have been batting No. 3 for NSW for a couple of seasons and really enjoyed having that opportunity up there to be able to perform … but personally wherever I bat it doesn’t really matter, I am sure I can go out there and do a job.”