Kurtis Patterson wants to keep his mind purely focused on New South Wales

Kurtis Patterson: Left-handers are clearly behind the ranks of Australian batters.

Kurtis Patterson admits he was distracted trying to get a test spot last summer, but lessons learned could rekindle the urge to Australia’s mid-spots claims to be.

The Ashes battle will intensify dramatically on Wednesday, with the first full round of the Sheffield Shield game this summer.

New South Wales will host the first of three games against Victoria early in the season. Queensland will play Tasmania and Western Australia will play South Australia.

Usman Kawaja’s battle for the right to open with Marcus Harris and David Warner will be the most noticeable after Wil Pucovski’s concussion.

The Travis Head could be recalled to 5th place after Matthew Wade was dropped late last summer. However, Patterson continues to stand by as one of Australia’s next-best options.

“I was certainly guilty last year of falling into that trap of trying to prove things to people or trying to prove things to myself,” Patterson said. “I’m never my best when I’m in that in that mindset. I lost sight of that a little bit, got caught up with other things and Australian selection.”But like always I think those tougher times throughout your career always offer really good opportunities to learn and I did that last year.”

As Centurion in the final test of 2019. Patterson was one of the men who missed it when Warner and Steve Smith returned for ashes two years ago.

He fell out of the selection window when he missed most of the next season. Due to an injury before the disappointing season of last summer.

Patterson is currently married and expects his first baby with his partner Joselin. And believes that a more mature attitude away from cricket will also help.

He said he wouldn’t play the Australian selection in the foreground at the age of 28. But he wanted to get a recall by doing multiple runs.

“I obviously want to play for Australia, there’s no doubt about that,” Patterson said. “And I think I’m good enough to do so, but I also know where I stand. I’m coming off a pretty lean season. But I also know from my previous experience how quickly it can change with a couple of timely hundreds.”

“His bowling has been Testing quality for at least two or three years now. He had his breakout season last year with the bat,” Patterson said of Abbott. “He’s got better both with the bat and the ball this pre-season. He’s a fantastic cricketer and all forms, he’d be a top-five fielder in the country as well.”

Patterson is now NSWs full-time captain. After filling in for Peter Nevill’s previously backed Blues quick Sean Abbott for a Test debut.

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James Pattinson’s retirement last week moved Abbott one step closer as a backup option with the ball.

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