McDermott: We are still working on Patto’s action


Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott says fast bowler James Pattinson did not revert back to his ld bowling action in the first Test against the West Indies in Hobart.

Pattinson, who was playing in his first Test in more than a year because of back and hamstring injuries, remodeled his bowling action but struggled for rhythm in the first innings.

The right-arm paceman though bounced back to take five wickets in the second innings as Australia completed a big win inside three days to take a one-nil lead in the three-match series.

After the match Pattinson said he reverted back to his old bowling style which raised some concerns that he will get injured again, but McDermott disagrees.

McDermott told Cricinfo: "In a transition from an old action to a new action, sometimes in competition your body will want to go back a little bit to the way it was.

"That happened in the second innings a little bit, but it was more about Patto jumping in a straight line through the crease and going towards the target with his body and getting his arm path down a little bit below the perpendicular and his wrist behind the ball all the time.

"The bottom half is still different. Sometimes his back foot gets a bit more front on down the wicket, but generally he's travelling pretty well.

"We tried to get his back foot as far towards 90 degrees as we possibly could to start with, knowing that when you get back into competition mode it's always going to creep back the other way.

"He's anywhere between 30 and 45 degrees at any one stage so it's not too bad."  

The second Test between the Aussies and the Windies starts on Boxing Day in Durban.