Australia news April 4, 2013

Pattinson out of IPL for abdominal surgery

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James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, is out of the IPL and may also miss the Champions Trophy that precedes the Ashes after he was compelled to have surgery on what Cricket Australia has described as "a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region."

The departure of Pattinson to India for his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders was initially delayed until Friday as medical staff awaited the results of tests and the advice of specialists. However, on receipt of opinion that Pattinson should undergo surgery immediately, he has been ruled out of competing in the Twenty20 event, joining the national captain Michael Clarke on the sidelines.

Pattinson wishes to keep the condition private, but it is not believed to be serious, nor likely to affect his cricket future beyond the time required to recover from the surgery.

"James Pattinson will be having surgery tomorrow for a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region that has been troubling him during the latter part of the recently concluded tour of India," CA's chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said. "James has undergone tests and consulted specialists since returning from India, and it was felt that surgery is absolutely necessary at this time.

"The recovery times will [be] determined once the surgery is completed but James is expected to return to training in approximately four weeks. His preparation for The Ashes is not expected to be affected but his availability for the ICC Champions Trophy will be determined at a later stage."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on April 4, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    It is sad to see that a lot of bowlers are getting injured these days. The level of fitness has gone down in last decade or so. I understand that stress of too many matches is taking a toll on players but even the players are too fragile these days. Back, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries are high on the injury list.

    I am not too sure about other players, but Kapil was an icon in terms of fitness, he never missed a single test match in his career due to injury. The basics should be right and work with the physio to stay fit and in shapre. Please don't hamper the chances of your team in any given game or format.

  • squarepeg on April 7, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Pattinson is a good young fast bowler and did well even on the dead pitches in India. Australia needs to 'mother' its new pacers well, by rotation and rehab. Even then, it will be tough against England, just because except one, the other Aussie batsmen won't have made the australian team's short list 5 years back.

  • on April 7, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @Mitty2 "bairstow's innate ability to play the short ball will truly leave England in great hands when the aforementioned retire. :)

    Can't wait to see bairstow face Cummings. I'm sure you'll feel the same. "

    If Cummins ever took the pitch we might find out, although Bairstow stood in for KP in the third Test against SA and scored 95, against an attack far superior to Australia's, so I doubt anyone's that worried.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @Mitty2: Credit where it's due, those endless Ashes thrashing do seem to have stung you somewhat. I sat through every hour of the 2009, 2010/11 Ashes as well as the 2012 Whitewash. Anderson settled your little internal debate back then, you should've seen it, it was wonderful bowliing to watch. Check out his flat deck bowling in India too if you like, where the Australia bowlers you mentioned showed they weren't half the bowler he is. Embarrassing, I think you'll find is the only word.

  • Mitty2 on April 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @FFL, Anderson has an average of above 30, he deserves little plaudits for that. Places like England and Australia are conducive for pace bowling, especially in England which is a place especially renowned for swing. Which is incredibly funny considering he averages above 30 lol. And on flat decks... He averaged 30 when he had three walking wickets in yuvraj Singh, gambhir and sehwag... Even a trundler like Finn and broad could get wickets against those regressed players (lol they were even worse they both didn't take a single wicket hah). Compare that with pattinson, who bowls 15km/h quicker than Anderson and also swings it; he averaged 27 when he had none of gambhir and Singh to bowl to.

    Oh and Anderson averaged 37 against new Zealand. That's right, new Zealand. The infamous '45' batting line up and they are ranked eighth. You see, if we played NZ, pattinson, bird and starc wouldve got them out for less than 250 every innings, want to know why? Because they bowl over 130!!!!

  • Dashgar on April 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    England's batsmen are only going to see one bowler they've ever faced before this series (Siddle who is 1000% improved) and their aging batting lineup haven't been great of late. I'm expecting both sides to be shot out for some low scores but as far as confidence goes Australia have nowhere to go but up and England will have nowhere to go but down. Once both teams realise they're in a fight it'll be advantage Australia. Very close series coming up, 5 tests may be too many for the old men of England.

  • THCL on April 5, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Hi Kolkata Guys, lets sign Philander - he will be a revelation like famous 'Gayle Sign for RCB' he developed all his skills from T20 matches - yes am not kidding

  • Moz. on April 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge - there has only been one whitewash of late between Australia and England, and that was in 2006/07. And England didn't win that one.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 5, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Australia have no one close to Anderson, the bowler that sent so many Aussie 'batsmen' back to the pavilion in last Ashes and the whitewash last year. Aussie seamer can't even swing it back in accidently, Anderson has famously been doing it at will for years. 300 test wickets and average of 27 in the last five years in an era of flat pitches and carbon fiber bats speaks volumes. A decade or so down the line, after Aus have started their 'transition phase' they may produce someone similar. But they sure don't now and sure don't look like producing one any time soon. The fact that the same Indian team England thrashed just whitewashed Aus show us, amongst many many other things, the fact that Australia don't have a flat-deck/green-top specialist. Australia really need to give some new blood a chance from the academies, a bit like India did in the previous few decades, as the Ashes look very safe at the home of cricket for a long time yet.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @mitty2 Just like i cant wait to Swann v the aussie left handers & Jimmy v Hughes & Warner & Cowan & Watson & Wade

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    It is sad to see that a lot of bowlers are getting injured these days. The level of fitness has gone down in last decade or so. I understand that stress of too many matches is taking a toll on players but even the players are too fragile these days. Back, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries are high on the injury list.

    I am not too sure about other players, but Kapil was an icon in terms of fitness, he never missed a single test match in his career due to injury. The basics should be right and work with the physio to stay fit and in shapre. Please don't hamper the chances of your team in any given game or format.

  • squarepeg on April 7, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Pattinson is a good young fast bowler and did well even on the dead pitches in India. Australia needs to 'mother' its new pacers well, by rotation and rehab. Even then, it will be tough against England, just because except one, the other Aussie batsmen won't have made the australian team's short list 5 years back.

  • on April 7, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @Mitty2 "bairstow's innate ability to play the short ball will truly leave England in great hands when the aforementioned retire. :)

    Can't wait to see bairstow face Cummings. I'm sure you'll feel the same. "

    If Cummins ever took the pitch we might find out, although Bairstow stood in for KP in the third Test against SA and scored 95, against an attack far superior to Australia's, so I doubt anyone's that worried.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @Mitty2: Credit where it's due, those endless Ashes thrashing do seem to have stung you somewhat. I sat through every hour of the 2009, 2010/11 Ashes as well as the 2012 Whitewash. Anderson settled your little internal debate back then, you should've seen it, it was wonderful bowliing to watch. Check out his flat deck bowling in India too if you like, where the Australia bowlers you mentioned showed they weren't half the bowler he is. Embarrassing, I think you'll find is the only word.

  • Mitty2 on April 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @FFL, Anderson has an average of above 30, he deserves little plaudits for that. Places like England and Australia are conducive for pace bowling, especially in England which is a place especially renowned for swing. Which is incredibly funny considering he averages above 30 lol. And on flat decks... He averaged 30 when he had three walking wickets in yuvraj Singh, gambhir and sehwag... Even a trundler like Finn and broad could get wickets against those regressed players (lol they were even worse they both didn't take a single wicket hah). Compare that with pattinson, who bowls 15km/h quicker than Anderson and also swings it; he averaged 27 when he had none of gambhir and Singh to bowl to.

    Oh and Anderson averaged 37 against new Zealand. That's right, new Zealand. The infamous '45' batting line up and they are ranked eighth. You see, if we played NZ, pattinson, bird and starc wouldve got them out for less than 250 every innings, want to know why? Because they bowl over 130!!!!

  • Dashgar on April 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    England's batsmen are only going to see one bowler they've ever faced before this series (Siddle who is 1000% improved) and their aging batting lineup haven't been great of late. I'm expecting both sides to be shot out for some low scores but as far as confidence goes Australia have nowhere to go but up and England will have nowhere to go but down. Once both teams realise they're in a fight it'll be advantage Australia. Very close series coming up, 5 tests may be too many for the old men of England.

  • THCL on April 5, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Hi Kolkata Guys, lets sign Philander - he will be a revelation like famous 'Gayle Sign for RCB' he developed all his skills from T20 matches - yes am not kidding

  • Moz. on April 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge - there has only been one whitewash of late between Australia and England, and that was in 2006/07. And England didn't win that one.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 5, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Australia have no one close to Anderson, the bowler that sent so many Aussie 'batsmen' back to the pavilion in last Ashes and the whitewash last year. Aussie seamer can't even swing it back in accidently, Anderson has famously been doing it at will for years. 300 test wickets and average of 27 in the last five years in an era of flat pitches and carbon fiber bats speaks volumes. A decade or so down the line, after Aus have started their 'transition phase' they may produce someone similar. But they sure don't now and sure don't look like producing one any time soon. The fact that the same Indian team England thrashed just whitewashed Aus show us, amongst many many other things, the fact that Australia don't have a flat-deck/green-top specialist. Australia really need to give some new blood a chance from the academies, a bit like India did in the previous few decades, as the Ashes look very safe at the home of cricket for a long time yet.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @mitty2 Just like i cant wait to Swann v the aussie left handers & Jimmy v Hughes & Warner & Cowan & Watson & Wade

  • Mitty2 on April 5, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    But on a serious note, this is very good news for Australia, and as @electric_lopo_WAP4 states; not so good for England. The funniest thing I've heard from the English lately was discounting the caliber of our quicks based on an ODI series, which is virtually a different sport entirely: different ball (that has no seam/swing after 5 overs), featherbed pitches and different goals among the bowlers and the batsman. And of course, as @meety asserts, pattinson, is most definitely not as good in the one day format as he is in tests and first class (look at his stats if you want verification). So all in all, this is good news for aus, as hopefully he can miss the champions trophy as well as the IPL and be 100% fit and firing for the ashes.

    The only player who needs to be in the IPL from an australian point of view is Ryan Harris, as he said himself, because he's up and running he wants to just keep on bowling and keep up that pace and form.

  • Mitty2 on April 5, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    @sameer, your comment would hold merit if kapil dev actually bowled genuine pace, and he most definitely did not, a great though he is. And anyway, this isn't a cricketing injury, so don't know why you're off on an irrelevant rant about today's quicks not being as fit as the quicks of yesteryear.

    @rednwhitearmy, we all know that you're quivering in your boots about the prospect of facing bird, pattinson, starc, Cummings and mcdermott for the next decade or so; so wouldn't be talking too much about the future mate, especially when prior, Anderson, swann, pieterson, panesar, trott and bell are all on the wrong side of 30. But oh no, I'm sure root's ripper FC average of 37 and bairstow's innate ability to play the short ball will truly leave England in great hands when the aforementioned retire. :)

    Can't wait to see bairstow face Cummings. I'm sure you'll feel the same.

  • on April 5, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @ Sameer Goswami

    I think in earlier days bowlers would be bowling even if they were 50% fit and get whacked around all over the place. Remember how Kapil Dev lumbered from 400 to 434 wickets while J Srinath waited patiently in the sidelines so that Kapil could break Hadlee's record?! Only in India!

  • pioneer_86 on April 5, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @Sameer Goswami

    Your comment is highly partial. Kapil Dev never bowled more than 130Kph. At his physique and the quantity of cricket played then, it makes no sense comparing Kapil to present generation bowlers. It's like comparing apples to oranges.

  • Meety on April 4, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    @Sameer Goswami - mate, I agree that is a shame about injuries to pace bowlers, but I CANNOT agree that fitness has declined. They are fitter now than ever before. I admired Kapil Dev's skill & durability, & whilst I agree he was fit, he was NOT as robust in fielding as these bowlers are today (NOT taking ANYTHING away from the Champ that Dev was). Bowlers like Anderson & Mitch Johnson do stuff on the field that good fielders 25yrs ago WISHED they could do. It is more about the demands on a bowlers body that is causing the problems. 20/20 cricket has eaten into a bowlers FC-time, which has eroded core strength & conditioning. Nothing like bowling 100s overs in FC cricket to build match fitness up, as opposed to 1 over spells & 4 over commitments!

  • bharath74 on April 4, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    @ Sameer Goswami, this injury is non-cricket related and not every body reacts the same way to stress and injury.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 4, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Oh no, bad news for electric_loco_WAP4 . He can sugar coat stories like this all he wants, but his voice is trembling. If you guys dont win this series in England, it'll be nearly 20 years since you have won the ashes in England by the time the next series comes around.

  • on April 4, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Year round cricket is really taking its toll on Fast bowlers, and some batsman now too. Its sad the cricket admins dont see this or even their respective boards. I am not a fan of the Rotation policy, but I do support having certain players only playing certain formats.

    I am sure many teams around the world can find 2-3 test match seamers and 3-4 limited overs seamers. Personally for Australia, I would keep Pattinson out of limited overs, so he can play 4 tests in 3-4 weeks and then get 3-4 weeks rest. I would suggest Mitchell Starc as limited overs specialist no tests.

    Same with india: IK Pathan, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varoon Arron & some more as limited overs and then have Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmed, Sreesanth, Bhuvneshwar being test.

    This gives the players their needed rest.

  • Mitcher on April 4, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @sweetspot: Depends how you define success I suppose. If what gets you going is big contracts for avg cricketers and pocket lining for rich businessmen, then yeah the IPL is a raging success. Well done.

  • Thefakebook on April 4, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    GOOD for him,now he'll be fit for Ashes now.

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    good for CRICKET.. as such young and 'good' players are required for sustenance of cricket

  • cricketfanwrites on April 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @goldeneraau CA nor any country should not deny any player(s) from participating in T20s around the world. I am not a fan of this format. However, these lads have an opportunity to create a decent nest egg for themselves and their family after their playing days are over. T20s will not be here forever, hence we should deny these lads from earning as much as they can now.

    I am sure if Border, Richards, Hadlee, Imran Khan, Da Silva, Gavaskar and the likes had a chance to play T20s they would have. As a matter of fact, if they had the opportunity to earn relative to what these boys are getting today, they would not have had to do color commentary and analyst work today.

  • Dashgar on April 4, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @Shripadk, why does Pattinson need to familiarize himself with India? He was just here for a 4 test series. Pattinson has an ashes series to prepare for. It would have been far better for him to get a county contract but at least he won't have the distractions of going between white and red ball cricket. Now he can mentally and tactically prepare for the test series in England and when he's back bowling again can do so with a red Duke in his hand. And for the record, very few international players, if any, have made their name in the IPL, maybe a few Indians have, but the internationals have all been either household names already or journeymen who wouldn't make it in the bigtime.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 4, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    @BRUTALAnalYst yes i agree with your comment... Tino would be a great player in the IPL!

  • shripadk on April 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @Kuldeep Birwal What IPL are you following? The most expensive players are Indian players. Franchises spend more money on Indian players than the international ones. See the auctions.

    And to others who think this is good because he is not playing in IPL, wake up. Playing in these conditions prepare you better than sitting at home. Not to mention they earn decent living. In Pattinson's case it was bad luck, nothing can be done about it. But if you are fit and free, playing in IPL only helps. It might be mad T20 but we have seen rise of quite a few people in IPL both Indian and international who have gone on to make good international careers.

  • on April 4, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    why the indian teams are not pick indian players in there teams with high prize

  • British_North_America on April 4, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Has he ever played in IPL?

  • sweetspot on April 4, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Oh, the assumptions and the hypocrisy! Steven Smith was such a revelation in the India tour precisely because of his IPL experience, making him familiar with and good in Indian conditions.

    @Meety - Not talking about quality of cricket since all franchise leagues have imports. Just talking about how successful they are. Where are other leagues compared to the IPL's evaluation?

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Hopefully Pattinson has easy recovery and is ready for the Ashes, the world needs fast bowlers like him in he Test arena.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    TINO BEST would be a great replacement he has been on fire lately and bring huge entertainment factor which IPL needs along with it's lack of fast bowling.

  • goldeneraaus on April 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    this is fantastic! Was wondering why CA let him play IPL in the first place (suppose they can't stop him).. look at what it did to hilfy's action and bollinger's fitness (well you cant blame IPL entirely).. no point risking injury and getting them used to a diet of 4 over spells.. another blessing in disguise! our best cricketers all not playing IPL will serve us well in what is going to be an incredibly tough year.. now lets hope Watson n Warner get some sense n come home too..

  • bumsonseats on April 4, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    warren you are blaming the ipl, hes not started a game, so not sure its their fault.

  • HowdyRowdy on April 4, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Hopefully this means that Patto can have the surgery and recover prior to the Ashes.

    Looks like a lucky break for Australia (and we need a few things to go our way!).

  • Amith_S on April 4, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    As long as he is fine for ashes

  • PrasPunter on April 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    The more the number of our Ashes prospects miss the IPL, the better. Blessing in disguise. Now that JP will have proper rest, his bowling technique wont be altered and what not, come to Ashes afresh. Good !! Pup, Siddle JP, Starc - all are very key to our Ashes aspirations and good that none of them are playing the IPL.

  • Meety on April 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @sweetspot on (April 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT) - well given that the Champ League has been twice by BBL sides including once in the IPLs backyard, the comp itself is NOT a joke, just the prioritising of it. BTW - I think WSmith meant ban current Test players, which is what India does to other Leagues anyway!

    @electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2013, 7:45 GMT) - hope so.

    === === Wouldn't have selected Patto in the Champ Trophy anyway, he's a Test specialist in my books!

  • matambanadzo86 on April 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Appendix? Painful! Good luck son!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 4, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Oh oh ... bad news for the Poms !!JP right at the place ought to be .No. Not the IPL ... Well rested ... and fitter JP added 5ks to him and terrorising Poms @ 155 + kph is a sight the world is itching to see. And we all be loving them getting smashed 5-0 at home and again in Aus late year ... Will they avoid 10-0 by the Aussies ? Bring on Ashes!!

  • sweetspot on April 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @Warren Smith - Why exactly would you be happy at a setback? Ban players from the IPL? What a holler and a hoot when Ponting himself, the great proud Aussie, is now playing in it! All that said, the BBL may still be a joke. Compared to the IPL that is but I still wish it well, mate!

  • on April 4, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    get well son our prayers with u

  • Twisam on April 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    KKR should go for Rory Kleinvelt or Philander as replacements for Pattinson

  • kunalx on April 4, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Who needs him, we have Lee. That's all.

  • on April 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Excellent! Another proper cricketer out of the IPL! Happy days! Aus really need to ban all there players from the IPL. And dismiss the BBL as a bad joke.

  • DauD_ on April 4, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    big blow for Australia and KKR, hope he recovers soon

  • DauD_ on April 4, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    big blow for Australia and KKR, hope he recovers soon

  • on April 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Excellent! Another proper cricketer out of the IPL! Happy days! Aus really need to ban all there players from the IPL. And dismiss the BBL as a bad joke.

  • kunalx on April 4, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Who needs him, we have Lee. That's all.

  • Twisam on April 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    KKR should go for Rory Kleinvelt or Philander as replacements for Pattinson

  • on April 4, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    get well son our prayers with u

  • sweetspot on April 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @Warren Smith - Why exactly would you be happy at a setback? Ban players from the IPL? What a holler and a hoot when Ponting himself, the great proud Aussie, is now playing in it! All that said, the BBL may still be a joke. Compared to the IPL that is but I still wish it well, mate!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 4, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Oh oh ... bad news for the Poms !!JP right at the place ought to be .No. Not the IPL ... Well rested ... and fitter JP added 5ks to him and terrorising Poms @ 155 + kph is a sight the world is itching to see. And we all be loving them getting smashed 5-0 at home and again in Aus late year ... Will they avoid 10-0 by the Aussies ? Bring on Ashes!!

  • matambanadzo86 on April 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Appendix? Painful! Good luck son!

  • Meety on April 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @sweetspot on (April 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT) - well given that the Champ League has been twice by BBL sides including once in the IPLs backyard, the comp itself is NOT a joke, just the prioritising of it. BTW - I think WSmith meant ban current Test players, which is what India does to other Leagues anyway!

    @electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 4, 2013, 7:45 GMT) - hope so.

    === === Wouldn't have selected Patto in the Champ Trophy anyway, he's a Test specialist in my books!

  • PrasPunter on April 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    The more the number of our Ashes prospects miss the IPL, the better. Blessing in disguise. Now that JP will have proper rest, his bowling technique wont be altered and what not, come to Ashes afresh. Good !! Pup, Siddle JP, Starc - all are very key to our Ashes aspirations and good that none of them are playing the IPL.