Pattinson says Proteas paid heavy price for underestimating them

Sydney: Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has said world number one Test team South Africa paid the price for underestimating them during the Brisbane Test.

The Proteas have made much of their watershed 2008 Test series victory in Australia and deserved the No. 1 ranking after dethroning England last August.

However, six-Test speedster Pattinson argues the tourists have been wrong-footed by a unit undefeated in five Test series with Michael Clarke as skipper.

“I think we have surprised. This time last year we were coming up against New Zealand and didn’t really know what to expect. It was my first game and Dave Warner’s and there’s others who hadn’t even debuted who are playing now,” quoted Pattinson, as saying.

“I think it is all about the season we had last year. Winning, there is no substitute for winning, that is how you build culture in your team,” he added.

“It is how young guys like myself get pushed up when the team is winning and the one thing we do have is a great culture, all trying to achieve the same thing,” he said.