James Pattinson wants Aussie fans to dress as tigers for ODI vs England

Pacer James Pattinson says fans in tiger costumes will motivate the hosts and will also be a whole lot of fun through the course of 100 overs' cricket.

updated: January 10, 2014 15:07 IST
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Ditch kangaroos, Australian pacer James Pattinson has asked fans to dress like tigers for the opening ODI against England this Sunday.

After annihilating England in the Ashes Test series, Australia look to stage a repeat in the five ODIs starting in Melbourne. While motivation is not in small measures for the hosts, 23-year-old Pattinson feels fans dressed like tigers will add to the team's fighting spirit. "From a players' point of view, there is quite a lot of talk in the dressing rooms about the different costumes that people are wearing in the crowd. It doesn't go unnoticed.," he was quoted as saying by "If I saw someone dressed up like this in the crowd I would get an extra couple of yards in my bowling. I think a lot of the boys would be spurred on by it." (Also read: How 'lady' luck transformed David Warner into a hero)

Pattinson has 15 ODI wickets from 11 matches but is raring to add more scalps to his record book. The 23-year-old, who recently dressed like a tiger for an exclusive Herald Sun photo shoot, says the idea is to also have some fun. "Obviously it's a bit of fun. It's a long day at the cricket so you've got to jazz it up every now and then."

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