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Oz pace battery 'fired up' to snatch back Ashes urn from England

Thursday - May 23, 2013, 03:12pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sydney - Australian bowler James Pattinson has said that the team's bowling attack are fired up to snatch the Ashes from England and are backing themselves to get the job done.

The 23-year-old bowler is part of a budding pace attack, along with Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird, who are Australia's best hope of returning the urn, News.com.au reports.

Stating that he is ready to tap into his aggressive side to get under the skin of England's top order during the Ashes series, Pattinson said that he always has been aggressive on the field and will be using that advantage to try to win the series.

According to Pattinson, he is thankful to have such a trait, adding that he is not a fast bowler who just delivers half-volleys all the time to the opposing batsman's advantage.

Echoing Pattinson, Australia's most experienced fast bowler Siddle said that he is looking forward to getting in the faces of the English with his old friend Pattinson, adding that as fast bowlers, it is their job to intimidate their rivals and get the job done for their team

Stating that it is their style of play to be aggressive on field, Siddle, a veteran of 41 Tests, said that although he is happy to pass on his knowledge, but has no doubt that the younger bowlers would rise to the occasion.

Meanwhile, Starc, who has reportedly taken notes from England's comprehensive 170-run victory over New Zealand at Lord's, said that there are a few things that the Australian pace battery can take away from English bowling and batting, adding that he is not ready to disclose his findings to the public yet.

Starc further said that they would have to adapt to the conditions in England as best and as quickly as they can for a successful Ashes series.



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