Kurtis Patterson struck 157 not out and an unbeaten 102 for Cricket Australia XI in the pink ball contest. The chairman of selection committee Trevor Hohns said Patterson was called up after his consistent performances
Sydney: Australia have made a late addition to their Test squad to face Sri Lanka in the day-night Test starting in Brisbane on January 24.
Kurtis Patterson, the 25-year-old left-hand batsman from New South Wales (NSW) was rewarded on Sunday for his two unbeaten centuries against Sri Lanka in the three-day warm-up match in Hobart.
Patterson struck 157 not out and an unbeaten 102 for Cricket Australia XI in the pink ball contest.
The chairman of selection committee Trevor Hohns said Patterson was called up after his consistent performances.
"Kurtis has been pushing his case for selection for some time, he has been a consistent top-order player for New South Wales, was a member of the Australian A tour of India prior to the commencement of our summer, and was most recently selected to compete in the day-night tour match against Sri Lanka in Hobart," Hohns said in a statement.
Here is all you need to know about Patterson
Full name - Kurtis Robert Patterson
Bats left-handed, bowls off-spin
Born - May 5, 1993 (Age 25 years)
First-class matches - 58 (3,813 runs, 6 tons, 26 fifties)
List A (one-dayers) - 41 (1,166 runs, 1 century, 5 half centuries)
T20s - 26 (442 runs)
He has played for Australia Under-19s, NSW Under-23s. Now with NSW and Sydney Thunder (BBL)
In 2011, Patterson became the youngest to score a hundred (157) on Sheffield Shield debut for NSW
In 2015-16 season, he hit 737 runs to become the top run scorer for NSW
What Patterson said on his Test selection
"I feel at the top of my game to be honest. I feel like I'm hitting the ball as well as I ever have. Which makes this addition to the squad (a) really happy (one) for me.
"You want to be picked when you feel like you're playing well, and I feel like I am at the moment. Obviously there's some hard work to be done this week but if I get the opportunity this week I feel like I'll be ready for it."
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Last Updated 21, Jan 2019, 3:38 PM