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AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA U19S 3-DAY

Zak attack brings shades of Patto

10 April 2017

Zak Evans celebrates one of his four first-innings scalps // Brody Grogan

Nick Duxson, in Hobart


@NickDuxson

Nick Duxson, in Hobart


@NickDuxson

An emerging Victorian quick is drawing comparisons with Australian fast bowler James Pattinson

More than a few of Zak Evans’ teammates reckon he looks a bit like a young James Pattinson.

And in his first match for Australia Under 19s, the 17-year-old is bowling a bit like his fellow Victorian too.

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A skiddy, right-arm fast bowler, Evans has only just turned 17 but already he has the ability to send the ball down at more than 130 kilometres per hour.

He ripped through the Sri Lanka Under 19s on Sunday, finishing with 4-61.

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That haul included the key wickets of opposition skipper Kamindu Mendis and deputy Haditha Boyagoda early on day two, followed by middle-order batsman Krishan Sanjula late in the day and the final wicket of the innings early on Monday.

"To begin with I didn’t have the of the best starts for myself, going for a few runs and not really reaping the rewards I would have wanted," Evans said at the end of day two.

"We were just trying to get as much out the pitch and the ball as we can, trying to swing the ball a bit late and find those nicks, LBWs and bowleds.

"Even in my closing couple of overs I was able to get the ball to move, so it was really handy.

"Then Will (Sutherland) coming on and moving it both ways ultimately got a few wickets there, which was really important for us."

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From the Ringwood Cricket Club, Evans starred for Victoria Metro at the under-17 championships in September and October, before impressing for the Cricket Australia XI at the under-19 championships in December.

Five one-day matches are scheduled to follow the standalone three-day game, which finished in a draw after Sri Lanka finished 7-201 at stumps on day three.

The first 50-over game commences Thursday. All matches will be live streamed via cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live app.