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Mistake to not attack Tendulkar: James Pattinson

Posted on Feb 23, 09:16PM | IBNS

Chennai, Feb 23 : Australia's young pacer James Pattinson, who rattled the Indian top-order with three quick strikes, said he shouldn't have altered his plans of attacking Sachin Tendulkar in the ongoing first Test here Saturday.

Pattinson said he had plans to attack Tendulkar, who was batting on 71, right from the outset with a barrage of bouncers but changed it at the last moment after the batting great took on the Australian attack.

"My early plan to Sachin was to try and bounce a little more. Changed that plan in last minute. It was a mistake there. I think I should have gone with the first plan. Sachin is a fantastic player and it looked like he had a lot of time out there compared to other batters," Pattinson said.

Pattinson said bowling to Tendulkar is a daunting task but hoped that he would be successful when play resumes Sunday.

"It's quite a daunting task bowling to him and looking at him he was at his class today and batted fantastically. When I bowl to him and other players, he picks the ball quite early and places it quite easily. Hopefully we will be successful tomorrow. His wicket is always prize scalp," he said.

Pattinson said the ball was never swinging conventionally and started reversing swinging quite early.

"The ball was reversing quite early and never swinging conventionally. I tried some stuff like that it worked well. I wanted to challenge Sehwag but went little bit wide and again changed the plan half way through. Being young you seem to make mistakes and perhaps you learn to better your plans," he said.