In a call that is sure to send a shiver down the spines of the English top order, coach Darren Lehmann has given firebrand fast bowler James Pattinson his permission to bowl with even more aggression in the upcoming Ashes series.

Parttinson has never lacked aggression on the cricket field and is encouraged that his new coach Lehmann has allowed him to come out with even more fire as the tourists look to usurp the urn from the English.

Pattinson told FoxSports: "I'm starting to feel comfortable with my own game and I've learnt a lot from Darren on the A tour about backing myself, playing with freedom and aggression.

"That's when I bowl best, when I am aggressive and consistent in the areas I bowl.

"I think it's all about picking your times and there's no better time than an Ashes series to show that aggression."

Pattinson is a certainty to be selected for the opening Test on July 10 and is going to be joined by New South Wales quick Mitchell Starc, with the third spot coming down to a selection between Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird.

Pattinson was glowing in his praise for his team mate Starc, who has made a bright beginning to his Test match career.

The Victorian paceman feels that Starc will be near unplayable in the Ashes.

"To watch the way Starcy bowled the other day (against Somerset) with the reverse ball and the second new ball, it's almost unplayable when you've got someone who's six foot six (197cm) bowling in-swingers at 145km/h. It's pretty special," he said.

Starc has already collected 30 wickets in his first nine Test matches but this does little to tell the full story of the young left-armer.

It is his ability to bring the ball back into the right hander and away from the left handed batsman at pace that makes him an uncomfortable proposition for the English batsmen.

He is the perfect foil for the aggressive Pattinson who can bowl just as quick as Starc but with beautiful shape away from the right-handed batsmen.

The choice to be the third seamer will come down to what the coaching panel will prefer as they face the task of dismissing England to take an early lead in the series.

It will come down to a choice between Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird to take the third seamers role.

Siddle was seen as the favourite and the leader of the attack before the tour began, but doubts about his form so far on the tour have led to discussions that he may not be guaranteed a berth in the First Test.

Harris appears to be the outsider of the three, especially with the recent form of Bird in the tour match against Worcestershire.

Bird was impressive, taking four wickets against the locals on a flat pitch in a performance that appears timely leading into the First Test.

Bird is seen as a valuable option due to his ability to remain extremely disciplined with his line and length.

Many comparisons have been made with the great Glenn McGrath, although these comparisons are unfair so early on in the players career.

Having said that his early figures are promising, with the tall and wiry seamer having taken 11 wickets in his two Test matches, at the impressive average of 16.18. 


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