James PattinsonSYDNEY – James Pattinson has been a tearaway success for Australia this summer, but captain Michael Clarke says the team’s bowling strength has been a group effort.
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Glenn McGrath has been the most prominent of a number of former players and critics eager to praise the 21-year-old Pattinson as a future great and leader of the pace attack.

But after a period when Australia’s spearhead bowlers have changed regularly, Clarke is keen to avoid getting carried away.

The skipper said the Victorian couldn’t have enjoyed such rapid success if it wasn’t for the help he had received from Peter Siddle in particular, and Australia’s resurgence with the ball could not be credited to the debut of an individual.

“Patto’s only just starting,” Clarke said yesterday. “He’s a wonderful talent – don’t get me wrong – but I’d hate to see us put extra pressure on him.

“Patto’s got the results over the last few Test matches but without the way Sids has been bowling, Ryan Harris over the last couple of years, Hilfy (Ben Hilfenhaus) the other day and even Pat Cummins when he came in in South Africa (that couldn’t have happened).

“I think we’re building a good crew of fast bowlers and they’re all as vital as each other.”

After three Tests, Pattinson averages 15.20 with the ball and has two five-wicket hauls as part of his 20 wickets against New Zealand and India.

He has brought aggression and an intimidation factor back to the Australian attack.

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