Brett Lee is expecting 21-year old paceman James Pattinson to make a major impact for Australia in their busy international season coming up.
Lee spent the last six weeks alongside his young compatriot as part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the Indian Premier League, and the 34-year old veteran expects big things from Pattinson in the near future.
“We’ve got some young guys coming through. I think James Pattinson is going to be a really good find for Australia,” Lee told the Sunday Telegraph.
“He was with me at Kolkata Knight Riders while I was overseas. I think he’ll definitely play Test cricket this year.”
Lee himself is determined to prolong his limited overs career for as long as possible, with this Summer’s commitments including international tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa as well the Champions League T20 competition with New South Wales.
“I retired from Test cricket a few years ago now in order to prolong my one-day career, and the signs are good as far as the way I bowled during the World Cup,” he added.
“I was really happy with my performance there and happy with the way the body responded.
“I obviously want to play this Australian summer, I want to go to Sri Lanka in eight weeks and go to the champions league and go to South Africa, but it’s about ticking off the little things. I’ll give myself a week or two off from training, do some light gym work and get my running up.”
Lee – who made his debut for Australia in 1999 – also backed Michael Clarke to do a sterling job as Aussie captain, saying that the 30-year old has the full backing of his teammates.
“Obviously, Michael Clarke has a great cricket brain, he’s proven that when he’s been vice-captain. He’s the type of guy I think will do a terrific job for Australia,” he said.
“It’s not like he’s been thrust into the limelight now.
“He’s had the guidance of Ricky Ponting and been vice-captain for a couple of years, he knows his game very well and the guys very well.
“He’s respected by the guys so, I think he’ll do a great job – and full credit to Ricky Ponting to put his hand up to want to keep going and play cricket.
“There is no doubting his ability and I’m sure that if his mind’s in it, and he’s ready to keep going, he’ll go on to bigger and better things as far as his batting goes.” Cricket365