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Pattinson ruled out for Test summer

Daniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

November 25, 2012

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James Pattinson walks off to have his side pain assessed, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day, November 24, 2012
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Pain from an unusual side and rib injury that has ruled James Pattinson out for the rest of the Test summer was so acute that Ricky Ponting revealed the 22-year-old fast bowler "could hardly breathe" after bowling on the third day in Adelaide.

As had been widely feared on Saturday, the results of scans have confirmed that Pattinson will miss a large chunk of the home Tests for the second consecutive summer, having suffered a serious foot injury in January during the series against India. Australia's players worried for Pattinson's welfare when he left the field after bowling seven deliveries with the second new ball.

In customary manner for a fast bowler, Pattinson felt the severe pain during his first over with the new ball but ignored it in the hope that he would be able to keep going, but the first ball of his second over will be the final one he delivers in Tests this summer, meaning he will miss the series decider against South Africa in Perth and the series against Sri Lanka, starting in Hobart on December 14.

"He was in a fair bit of pain," Ponting told Channel Nine. "I spoke to him after the first over he bowled and he could hardly breathe, so he is in a fair bit of trouble."

Precisely how much trouble was quantified by the team physio Alex Kountouris, who noted that the injury extended beyond the common side strain or tear to include rib damage. This may well extend Pattinson's recovery period, leaving the selectors to ponder how to get him fit in time for Australia's major Test match assignments of 2013 in India and England.

"James Pattinson sustained a left lower rib injury, similar to a 'side strain' on day three of the Test which will effectively rule him out of contention for the remaining Tests this summer," Kountouris said. "Whilst side strains are not uncommon in bowlers, James' injury involves some damage to the end of the rib and will need further investigation at the completion of this Test to determine the best course of management and the time frame to return to bowling."

Peter Siddle, who enjoyed an uncannily similar lead-in to the Tests that featured four Sheffield Shield appearances for Victoria and no Twenty20 matches, said he was unsure what else could have been done for Pattinson to avoid breaking down with major injury for the third time this year.

"All the plan was for red ball cricket and get ready for the Tests," Siddle said. "I think it's just part of cricket, there's a lot of talk about too much work or not enough work but I think his plan was perfect. It was no different to mine, he bowled a few more overs than me in the Shield games, but he was all primed.

'He was bowling well, his figures showed that in the Shield games, he was in exceptional forms. It's just one of those things, Test cricket, he bowled a lot of overs up in Brisbane and he's worked hard, and it's just hard work, it is tough to get through and get the body right and challenge yourself to push through. He's broken down but we all know he's a strong character and a tough competitor.

"There's been a lot of injuries around but he pushes through and get through. He's just disappointed he can't get out there now and help back us up and have a crack. It is a disappointing time for him, but he's upbeat, he just knows he's got to keep working towards getting that body right, getting back in the team and performing well. He'll come back strong."

Siddle himself admitted that he was feeling the effects of numerous long spells in Brisbane and Adelaide, with much still to be done by both he and Hilfenhaus on the final day. "My body's been better, a big first Test and a short turnaround between innings here," he said. "It's hard work, but there's always that carrot at the end of tomorrow afternoon.

"It's a part of Test cricket, that's the reason we play it, and we like that challenge. If we didn't like that challenge we wouldn't be playing, so that's the start of it, you just pick the ball and charge in and do what we do best - bowling overs. We'll keep doing that for the captain and the rest of the boys."

Pattinson was able to bat on day four, making a brave unbeaten 29, but his exit from the series means Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood are likely to come into contention for a bowling berth in the third Test at the WACA ground. The South Australia left-armer Gary Putland has also caught the eye with a 10-wicket haul for the Redbacks against Victoria at the MCG.

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Posted by Meety on (November 27, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

@BG4cricket on (November 25 2012, 21:58 PM GMT) - hastings got the call up!

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Australia should really consider Starc, especially after how strong his summer was in Yorkshire, he's definitely showing a lot of form and seems a crime to overlook him at a moment like this.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 26, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

I think Pattinson and Patt Cummins have the worst fitness i have seen in a long long time...

They both are young and i would suggest them to look for alternative career

Posted by duralsumo on (November 26, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

I think it comes back to the over nurturing of young fast bowlers in our junior system. The original reason for puting restrictions on young bowlers was so over zeolous senior captains would not over bowl young bowlers. However this has had the opposite effect in so far as young bowlers are now having not having the stamina and strength to cope with the transition from junior to grade to state to test cricket. Food for thought.

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (November 26, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

i agree with croneyes....remove all the gym work that is unnecasary. get the bowlers to bowl all day and that'll get them fit. all those old great bowlers didn't spend 8hrs in the gym only to get injured after few overs! the gym makes them fit and looking good for the night out not for rigours of cricket!

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 26, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Johnson is not that in form at all. I cant believe the push for him. Starc is the future and has the accuracy johnson wishes he could have. Bollinger would be the next lefty i would pick, average of 25 in tests. Way better than johnson, The forgotten man is QLDs ben cutting. Excellent consistent form the past few seasons and he is the best batsman of the bowlers mentioned, which would help our very long tale. My team for the WACA would be warner, cowan, quiney, watson, clarke, hussey, wade, cutting, siddle, starc, lyon. Hilfenhaus looks like a park bowler out there. people forget how weak that indian team was last year where he got all those wickets.

Posted by Gizza on (November 26, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

@Jason Rawling, you make a good point. Not only do injuries seem to be more common, but each seems to take a longer time to recover. Many bowlers of yesterday talk about playing through the pain when they have a niggle or two. It might not be pretty post-retirement but if you want to play international cricket regularly then I think the injury prone just have to toughen up.

Posted by thectexperience on (November 25, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

If Watson is fit to bowl, then we can play Hilf, Siddle, Starc & Lyon. No need to worry about throwing a new recruit into the heat of battle

Posted by bobagorof on (November 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

It would have been great to have a fully-fit Pattinson bowling at Perth, but with his injury Starc will come straight into the side. Quiney will be dropped to accommodate Watson, meaning Australia will have 4 fast bowlers (assuming Watson doesn't break down again). If Pattinson was fit then Lyon may have been given a rest, but with the injury there is a case to play him. Please don't bring back Johnson - he's been in middling form at best. Bird and Hastings have been in better form, and Putland recently did well for South Australia. Hazlewood also hasn't been doing all that well of late.

Posted by MenFromMarts on (November 25, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Three guys I would like to see in are not playing. Trent Copeland - Peter George and Clint McKay ? Where are these guys ??

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 25, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

The panel has been very clear in ensuring that sustained performance in Shield and other cricket is what will get you a call up. With this in mind Starc will come straight in and then the fourth/reserve seamer then comes down to a choice of 4 based this criteria - Butterworth, Bird, Cutting and Hastings. I wouldn't read much into Hastings playing for Australia A as selectors clearly didn't consider anyone seriously in contention for a front line spot so it is down to the other 3. All have been proven wicket takers in Shield - Cutting was part of previous squads while Butterworth has been immense for many seasons while Bird was player of the year last season and top wicket taker this year with a good recent 6 for yesterday. For mine Cutting would be the best choice with good swing and pace but the other 2 would not be out of place although I doubt they will play.

Posted by luks on (November 25, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Does anyone else find it strange that the strain is on the left side. That's not his bowling side! The left side doesn't go through as much strain, even though the action has to be right. Its a mystery as to what the cause is. I remember Healy talking about how gym work focuses on both sides of the body, whereas sport always involves each side performing different functions, and there's a bit of natural imbalance because of that. So, maybe one should do more natural conditioning and exercise instead of gym work. Its all a mystery though.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 25, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Surely Starc is next in line? Why bring in any other bowler that either can't land two consecutive balls on the same strip (i.e. Johnson) or will most likely only be able to handle 4 - 5 overs before breaking down injured? McKay deserves a longer run as well.

Posted by riprock on (November 25, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

It's a shame to see such promising quicks more amidst physios, fitness deadlines and rehab rather than performances, wickets or atleast in action. Siddle, Hilfy, Harris, Starc, Pattinson, Cummins, Johnson and McKay. For tests, the selectors could use the experienced heads regularly..and rotate the youngsters against top teams and maybe more consistently in limited overs formats till they develop more with technique and physique. They could pick two among Siddle, Hilfy and Harris and keep rotating the 3 young sensations as the third or possibly fourth. While also playing these 3 more permanently in limited overs formats along with McKay or Johnson or Faulkner. They can allot schedules and manage these players' workload according to their strengths while picking the right combinations for variety and also presenting ample opportunities to each of them while significantly reducing the physical burden..and to also enhance their accuracy in selections in their bid for longevity and success.

Posted by Beertjie on (November 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Although all the talk is of a replacement for Patto, I think one of Siddle and Hilfenhaus should also miss the WACA given their likely workload to-morrow. Imho a better pick for either of them would be Cutting who can bat, too and will be steadier and more penetrative than Hastings. It'd be far too risky playing MJ together with Starc. I fully expect Watto to bowl (and am holding thumbs for no more injuries). Assuming they lose (probably a done deal), SA will come at us hard with Philander and McClaren together with Steyn and Morkel. They'll probably also have Peterson (who's also a decent bat) their left-armer bowling into the doctor to test our patience. In other words, they'll have their most balanced attack with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. @Meety, like you I'm a great Punter fan but it's only a curse to have him around while others could gain valuable test experience before the Ashes. I wrote before this series that whatever he does, they should grant him a home farewell at Hobart.

Posted by Mitch1066 on (November 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

That's big shame another decent young Aussie bowler out least you still got saddle starc others one and Lyon hope Aussies bring best team to England and England beat you at home again :) hope James comes back bigger and stronger then before

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

What ever happened to being out for a week or two - seems that if an Australian bowler get a splinter that they are ruled out for 2 months, and that the decision that they are out for the season is made straight away.

With so many supposed fitness and conditioning experts following the teams these days, it seems that they are all so keen to demonstrate their worth in highlighting an issue that they are jumping at shadows.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

I feel bad for Patto but he's a fast bowler pushing himself hard, injuries will happen, just got to take it as it is and get on with it. Can't believe how many people are calling for Johnson! Personally I think it has to be Bird or perhaps Hastings. I'd have Lyon in the 12 as well and have a good long look at the pitch before the game but i'd be thinking about resting him for Perth. I think Starc with his left arm seam and height offers variation enough. I hope Watto comes up for Perth or we'll be missing three from our no.1 xi.

Posted by Meety on (November 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@Posted by Wozza-CY on (November 25 2012, 08:59 AM GMT) - it's interesting re: bowling slot. I mention hastings, as he is having a cracker of a season & played the A-game. THough in playing the A-game he didn;t really get amongst the wickets. i doubt they'll go outside the squad, whoever they bring in will probably be just 12th man. I think Clarke would prefer to have Lyon then not. The Saffas will play pace @ the Waca as well as any team can - so the hyped 4-prong pace attack is not so likely. Re: Punter - I am a bit torn on this, IMO, scoring runs in the Shield has NOT been easy over the last few years, with pitches & pace quality being high. He has flogged the bowling this summer, I thought he was unlucky at the Gabba, & copped a beauty in the 1st inn @ AO. The 2nd innings is what worried me the most. I wonder if Pup giving Punter a bowl is a sign? Dunno, I hope he blasts a vintage Punetr special v the Saffas @ the WACA!

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (November 25, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Starc is the next man picked for me, The variety a left armer will offer is a bonus.

BTW How is Johnson's name getting mentioned for tests, surely If a left armer is the order of the day than Bollinger would be in front of Johnson anyway.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (November 25, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

I'd bring in Mitchell Johnson.

Posted by croneyes on (November 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Cricket Aust are kidding with how they are handling our fast bowling stocks. Ridiculous amount of injuries to Pattinson, Cummins, Watson even though they now use high tech fitness and conditioning techniques, physios on tour and the rotation policy? It just doesn't make sense that these guys are getting injured so regularly. I wonder how they would fare if they were just allowed to bowl to get fit? Used to work in the old days.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (November 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

@Meety- I don't think Hastings will come into contention, I think you have it right with Watto coming in for Quiney & Starc in for Pattinson. I'd be pretty sure Lyon will play at the WACA which has taken spin in recent times, besides, he's bowling really well. Question is will a position in the batting become available from a retirement after Perth i.e. Punter?

Posted by reddawn1975 on (November 25, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Very good time to bring a very inform Mitch Johnson.The forgotten Aussie player yep he had some of days but people are very very quick to forget he is normally lethal.

Posted by Artiebees on (November 25, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Why would you want Hazlewood or Johnson bowling? Look at Jackson Bird, been in magnificent form and just demolished WA today, Bird and the rest of the Tasmanian quicks are an echelon above Hazlewood and Johnson, both shouldn't even be considered unless our plan is indeed to have an average bowler for the opposition to feast upon.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Micthell Johnson ?? Starc is the 12th man. He would be the ideal replacement.

Injury is kind of boon for us imo. Now, we can access our other seamers too. Likes of Mcdermott, Hazzlewood, Copeland ........ etc

Posted by Meety on (November 25, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Interesting times. Do Oz go slightly defensive (almost Safrican) & bring in Hastings, to replace Patto? His bowling has been very good this season + he is a decent bat. I would suggest they'll probably go Starc & I am imagining that Lyon will play at the WACA! (I'd be 90% sure if Watto plays).

Posted by Meety on (November 25, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

So much for the theory that FC matches "battle harden" a bowler for Tests! Well it doesn't disprove it, but its a shame!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

First cummins and now pattinson..and I remember similar incidents had taken place last year as well with these two itself! Is there nething wrong with cricket australias management of workload for their young quicks or there is some another factor like wrong technique or inadequete fitness training ? I dont think workload is a prob for aussie pacers since they have entire long roaster of pacers , with seniors like hiffy and siddle taking most of the responcibilities in tests .They need to find the solutions soon coz aussies surely cant afford to loose two of their young pace sensations every season

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (November 25, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Confused as to whether you meant Mitchell Johnson or Mitchell Starc. I sure as hell know who I'd choose.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

I have seen pattinson bowl against India,SA. He is good bowler for OZ. But he already suffered so many injuries early in his career i dont think he can sustain many years in international. AS per my memory, he hasnt completed a single series against any contry.. Where is pat Cummins??.. Why he is warming bench?.. what is peter siddle role??come on bring on starc,cummins ..

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