Patterson was unveiled as the new signing of the Sixers on Tuesday, signing a new three-year deal with the club in the only match he made for his 2012 debut.
Born again in T20 cricket with his best Big Bash League season last summer, when opening for the Scorchers, Patterson is the only local player to leave the champions ahead of the coming season.
The 29-year-old revealed that he wrestled with the decision after first speaking with the Sixers late last summer, before making up his mind following the birth of son Hayden in April.
“It turns things around, it makes you think about where your priorities are,” Patterson told you. “Even if we’re playing over Christmas, it’s happening around that period. That was most important to me.
“I feel really lucky to be able to come from the Scorchers and join the Sixers. I think it’s really well known that they are the two most respected clubs in the Big Bash. But their culture and His on-field success also speaks for itself.”
Patterson is expected to open for the Sixers this summer with the team’s first match against the Scorchers on December 14.
The NSW captain’s return comes as East Coast clubs aiming to return to larger crowds out of the Covid this summer restart Sixers membership this week.
Patterson also hopes a return to more normal travel conditions can help boost his red-ball form. He has not given up hope of adding to his two Test matches against Sri Lanka in 2019, averaging 144 for Australia.
Told by the national selectors two years ago that he just needed to score runs, Patterson has since endured two summers of inconsistent chances as state borders are closed.
But with six Sheffield Shield matches ahead of the BBL and Test summer this year, Patterson hopes it will make life easier.
“Having six games and a bunch of one-day games going into the summer and the BBL, it allows you to find your rhythm a little bit more,” Patterson said. “It felt like it’s been really early [in recent years] To try and get three games before Big Basho [last summer],
“But it allows you to work your way into the season and build up so that everyone in the country can play their best cricket until the first Test comes. Everyone nationwide benefits.”