Australia’s Kurtis Patterson has tipped Pakistan to make an impression at the ICC Under-19s World Cup in Queensland.An Australian side captained by Patterson went down by seven wickets to Pakistan on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, the hosts’ second defeat in two matches to the tourists from the subcontinent.
Australia have an opportunity to restore some pride in the third match on Friday, but Patterson has already seen enough to know Pakistan will pose a serious threat to the reigning Under-19 world champions when the 2012 tournament begins in August.
Pakistan finished runner-up to Australia at the last Under-19 World Cup in 2010.
“We’ve probably played about six other nations so far from the last year and a bit, they (Pakistan) seem like a very strong team,” Patterson said.
“They’re got a good mix, a couple of really good quick bowlers, a couple of really handy tight spinners for one-day cricket.
“And on top of that they’ve got some good top-order batsman who look nice and solid and look like they can perform on Australian wickets.”
Opener James Peirson raced to double figures as Australia made a determined start, but his removal for 11 by Pakistani paceman Azizullah proved a major blow to the home side.
“I think once again we started quite well up the top … we were quite aggressive and until Jimmy got out we were looking the goods,” Patterson said.
“Unfortunately on the batting side of things there wasn’t many positive after that but the bowling was okay, once again early on we bowled quite well, we bowled quite patiently but at the end of the day 139’s just not really enough to get you over the line.”
When asked which area his players most needed to improve in, Patterson said:”I think massively in our batting, we’ve gone two games in a row now where we’ve underachieved.
“Especially today, the pitch was even better and to only get 140 on a flat wicket with not an unbelievable (opposition) attack is really under par. We’ve particularly got to work on our play to spin as well as our play to pace.”