Australia news May 21, 2012

James Pattinson close to full fitness

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, has said he is recovering well from a back injury that ruled him out midway through the tour of the West Indies last month. Pattinson will train at Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane from Tuesday, and he expects to bowl at 100% intensity by the end of next week.

Pattinson hurt his back while fielding during the third day of the second Test in Trinidad. He was making a comeback after suffering a foot stress injury during the second Test against India at the SCG in January. He bowled 11 overs and took a wicket in the first innings, but didn't bowl in the second. Though he isn't back to full fitness, he was named in the squad for the ODIs against England and Ireland in June-July.

"I'm bowling about three times a week now at about 80% intensity and building that up and hopefully (I'll have) three weeks of going 100% in the nets before getting over to England," Pattinson told AAP.

"I'm looking for a bit of match intensity, so hopefully I can get out there in the middle. It'll mostly be white-ball practice with the one-dayers coming up."

The emergence of Pattinson and Pat Cummins has increased the pool of Australia's fast bowlers and the competition for places in the squad. Australia's coach, Mickey Arthur, hoped the Pattinson-Cummins combination would make their attack a force during the Ashes in 2013.

With an Australia A tour of England later this year, Pattinson wants to get used to the conditions before the Ashes, if picked.

"It's an exciting time for Australian cricket at the moment with a lot of young guys coming through," Pattinson said. "I don't think we've played in these conditions before so it'll be a great learning curve before the Ashes next year.

"Hopefully it gives us a bit of an edge over the Poms and we can go over to the Ashes with one up over them."

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  • Roo on May 24, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Patto has a few behavioural issues which cloud his appeal, probably picked up from Siddle & Watson... Would be much better if he followed Hilfy & Harris's modis operandi... Still he is young & shown much promise at Test level, so good to see him back bowling again... Funny that comments mention our pace bowling stocks yet all leave out John Hasting - a v.g. FC bowler that shows promise & a handy lower order bat... Jackson Bird also shows good potential... I would add Christian to the mix as an allrounder (2nd most used bowler last season for SA)... Seems Oz is going through a pace bowling renaissance atm - just need the batters to follow suit :P...

  • Guy on May 24, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Meety and chicko - you forgot Harris! Dashgar, agree that Pattinson's action hasn't gotten him yet, but I do feel like he has a classic 'mixed' action (square on lower body, side on/twisting upper body) so I hope things stay that way! kh1902, I also think Pattinson's ego has gotten a little ahead of itself. Still a great prospect though. Chris Sun, nice that you remember Gillespie's performance in 2005, when he was on his last legs - but have you forgotten Headingley 1997? Did OK that day. hhillbumper, don't let RandyOz and jonesy2 get to you, the rest of us are quietly confident but not getting carried away. Anyway, you should be careful of hyperbole of your own. Sure, England's batsmen got us in 2010/11, but in the previous *58* Ashes matches your top 7 averaged 32 and made 35 centuries (that includes English series wins in 2005 and 2009). Aussie top 7 averaged 46 and made 80 centuries in the same time. Now that's average inflating!

  • Luke on May 24, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    @Dashgar Couldn't agree more! He's had an awesome start to his career plus he is only 22 so he has got plenty of time develop fully. @Aussasinator That's just ridiculous. You make it sound like it is impossible to bowl 145km+ over the length of a career. Just look at Roach, Morkel, Johnson, Lee for examples. Bowlers like Finn, Patto and Cummins naturally bowl 145km+ and all will continue to do so barring a very serious injury.

  • Andrew on May 24, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @Aussasinator - "...all these 10 break down to below 140kph..." - how do you explain Brett Lee still clocking up near 150kph @ 35ish & multiple career threatening injuries???? @chicko1983 - top class list, however, I think you are missing some of our best prospects Coulter-Nile, Cutting, Hazlewood, Bird, Herrick, Copeland, Butterworth & A McDermott, no Bollinger or McKay either! (Just named an alternate TEN)!

  • Tim on May 23, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I can't believe I'm reading negativity directed at James Pattinson. He's the best fast bowling prospect in the world and has a test average around 20. His 2 injuries were a hot spot in his foot that could have become a fracture and a back injury fielding, so nothing to do with his bowling action. He'll be fine he just needs to get his body used to work. As for criticism of his performance he has only beaten what's been put in front of him. How can you ask more than that? And as for England being so good they didn't look too comfortable against west indies last game on their pet ground lords, and they looked pathetic against Pakistan. Windies are ranked 8th, so maybe England aren't as good as they think.

  • Subba on May 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @chicko1983. Impressive list and that's what I was saying. An average Aussie fast bowler will now have 2-3 years of service if he's bred in at an early age. The mandate is 'bowl quick', even if for a test or two, and we'll take care of your injury rehab. And pension if the injury is career stopping. This will go on for 2 more years when all these 10 break down to below 140kph levels. But the next crop of bowlers would have seen through this approach and will meander away into tennis or golf.

  • Kamala on May 23, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    A fine young talent but the Aussies are talking him up a little too soon.Someone needs to pull Pattinson into line. He does alot of talking but so far he's taken wickets on bowler-friendly tracks against poor opponents like India. It's that kind of misplaced arrogance which makes people dislike the Australian team.

    Cummins has at least proven himself against South Africa. I still think Harris, Hilfenhaus and Siddle/Cummins are Australia's best bet (also alot better behaved than Pattinson as well).

  • Andrew on May 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @Chris Sun re: "...which other Australia fast bowlers have had success in England." From 1989 to now - Hughes 50 wickets @ 29, Gillespie 38 wick. @ 33 his previous tour was great), Reiffel 30 wick. @ 23, Lawson 29 wick. @ 27, Hilfy 22 @ 27. I would rate MJ & Siddle has reasonable results.

  • Tim on May 23, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    @ Aussasinator - Hilf, Siddle, Patto, Cummins, Starc, Cutting, Nannes, Lee, Johnson, George, and Faulkiner, there is your 10 fast bowlers pack. All of these will be spreading the load over T20, ODI and Tests.

  • kieran on May 22, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @Chris Sun; Hilfenhaus had a pretty good Ashes tour, leading wicket taker at a sub-30 average. I would say that was successful.

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