Australian seamer James Pattinson ready for return, but not in Test cricket

Reuters, Oct, 24 2016

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson is ready to return to cricket next month after being out of action since February due to injury but has ruled out playing tests this year.

File image of James Pattinson. AFP

File image of James Pattinson. AFP

The right-arm quick returned from injury in the second test against New Zealand in Christchurch but was then sidelined due to a bone stress injury in his leg and then a relapse of stress fractures in his back.

The 26-year-old said he was considering a grade-cricket comeback in early November, with a potential start in the Melbourne Renegades' Twenty20 Big Bash campaign and a Sheffield Shield game before Christmas.

"I'm off my long run next week. I'll probably be playing grade cricket in the next couple of weeks and then see how I go from there," Pattinson told reporters.

"I haven't ruled out playing international cricket (this summer). I probably won't play test cricket."

Australia begin a three-test series against South Africa next month before hosting New Zealand for three one-day internationals and three tests against Pakistan.

Published Date: Oct 24, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 24, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115