Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day

Pattinson sidelined by side pain

Daniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

November 24, 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
James Pattinson suffered pain in his side while bowling his tenth over © Getty Images
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James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, has broken down again with a serious injury after he complained of side pain when taking the second new ball on the third morning of the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

Having bowled the first ball of the 84th over, Pattinson, 22, spoke to his captain Michael Clarke and walked off the ground. After speaking with the team physio Alex Kountouris it emerged that he was troubled by pain in his left side. Pattinson left the ground to have scans which confirmed a left side injury, though its exact severity is yet to be known.

To that point Pattinson had bowled only nine overs out of the first 83, as Clarke sought to preserve him in the Adelaide heat on a largely unhelpful pitch.

The most hostile and aggressive of Australia's crop of young fast bowlers, Pattinson has battled a succession of injuries since he first toured for the national side in India in 2010. A brilliant start to his Test career last summer was curtailed by a foot injury during the Sydney Test against India in January.

It was later revealed that Australia's selectors chose to play Pattinson in the SCG Test despite medical evidence that he was at high risk of suffering an injury due to his bowling workload up to that point. They preferred to keep him in the team due to his strong bowling form, and he duly suffered from a stress injury in Sydney.

Pattinson then returned to action during the West Indies tour, but while playing in the Trinidad Test suffered a back injury while throwing off balance from the outfield and was sent home. His lead-in to this summer's home Tests was carefully managed, affording him a quartet of Sheffield Shield matches and no Twenty20 cricket.

Before the match, Pattinson said he did not want to be rested, as his body felt free of niggles. "At the moment I've got no soreness in my body, so I want to keep playing, I don't want to get rested," he said. "But I suppose there'll come a time when I'll have a high workload and it'll look like I'm going to get rested as we've spoken about.

"I'm happy for that, I put the faith in the medical staff's hands and if they think it's a good idea for me to get rested one Test then so be it. We've got to want what's best for the team and if that's best for the team then so be it."

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Posted by Meety on (November 24, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

@hhillbumper on (November 24 2012, 18:54 PM GMT) - glasshouses? Finn, Broad & Tremlett are really healthy specimens!

Posted by Jaffa79 on (November 24, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

iN the future, can Australia ever go into a test with a 4 man attack with Cummins and Pattinson? If the do, by the second inings Hussey will be taking the new ball...

Posted by landl47 on (November 24, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Very disappointing for Pattinson, but I suspect he's going to be another Flintoff; he's a big, heavy guy and the constant pounding is going to get to him. He hadn't looked all that sharp in this match even before the injury, bowling in the mid-130s instead of 140+. Australia is lucky to have Starc and Hazlewood in the system. Personally I'd rate both of them above Pattinson as test prospects.

Posted by hhillbumper on (November 24, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

they just don't stay fit and it doesn't matter how quick they are if they spend all their time in the physios room. Lets face it the battle for next years ashes might be fought better on the physios table.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Dissappointing for Patto. With Harris still on the sidelines Australia are arguably missing their best two quicks now. Starc and ?????? For Perth? Lyon perhaps if Watto can bowl?

Posted by V-Man_ on (November 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

@popcorn: all the young aussie bowlers are getting injured becase of the silly junior system australia has. u19 bowlers dont get to bowl enough overs in match condition to build their body. this system has been around for the last 10 odd years.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@zdrgn and @Ben1989, whilst I respect your views please understand that sledging is what often leads to umpire intervention. Look at early this year when England toured Sri Lanka. Recall how cricinfo spoke about "tempers flare in the heat ", where English bowlers toiled in the Colombo heat by struggling to get wickets and used sledging and unwanted tactics to disrupt our 2nd innings. Just because bowling your heart out to get a batsman out fails, that does not mean you should use verbal tactics to disrupt a batsman's focus. Cricket should never be a game for umpires to intervene to call for calm.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 24, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@zdrgn and Ben1989, whilst I respect your views please understand that sledging is what often leads to umpire intervention. Look at early this year when England toured Sri Lanka. To see what I am talking about, go to google and type "tempers flare in the heat sri lanka" to see how English bowlers toiled in the Colombo heat by struggling to get wickets and used sledging and unwanted tactics to disrupt our 2nd innings. Just because bowling your heart out to get a batsman out fails, that does not mean you should use verbal tactics to disrupt a batsman's focus. Cricket should never be a game for umpires to intervene to call for calm as no physical contact exists unlike in other ball games.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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