Big Bash League 2015-16 January 15, 2016

Pattinson ruled out of Strikers clash

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James Pattinson has not played a game since the Sydney Test against West Indies © Getty Images

Melbourne Renegades fast bowler James Pattinson will miss his team's final league game of the season, against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday, due to soreness in his left shin.

Pattinson, 25, picked up the knock towards the end of the recently-concluded home Tests against West Indies, and has not played any game since the Sydney Test. A new bowling action earned Pattinson 13 wickets in that series, though he had trouble with his front foot in the second Test, in Melbourne.

A Cricket Australia release confirmed that the decision to stand Pattinson down for the Strikers game was taken by the board's medical staff in consultation with the Renegades to ensure that Pattinson recovered fully in time for Australia's upcoming international assignments; the team has tours of New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the World T20 in India to prepare for immediately after the Australian summer.

Pattinson last played a T20 match almost a year ago, during the previous edition of the Big Bash League. He has not played a T20 international since March 2012.

The Renegades are currently fourth in the BBL table, and need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

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  • Adhitya on January 16, 2016, 7:33 GMT

    Let us all be happy that it isn't a back injury!

  • sam on January 16, 2016, 5:47 GMT

    It's sad that Pattinson keeps getting injured. I think he needs to stop going to gym and start doing a lot of running and bowling like players of old used to do.

  • Jake on January 15, 2016, 21:56 GMT

    Hope he recovers quickly , he was in good form two weeks ago.

  • Izmi on January 15, 2016, 21:37 GMT

    There we go again. Another injury to Pattinson and another blow to Australia's fast bowling stocks which has depleted even further with the recent retirement of Ryan Harris who was forced to retire before the last ashes series due to constant injury, the sudden retirement of Mitchell Johnson and the injuries suffered by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins who has hardly played any cricket since his promising debut against South Africa 5 years ago. This never ending saga seems to go on forever since the last five years or so and Australia has to make do with a second string fast bowling attack against India and yet prove too good for the tourists because of their strong batting lineup which has to come to the rescue. I wonder why it has taken so long for the ACB to find a solution to this never ending problem in Australian cricket in this modern age? With the T20 cricket world cup due in March and tours to NZ and South Africa on the cards Australia would be badly handicapped for victory.

  • annoyed on January 15, 2016, 16:42 GMT

    Well... at least it isn't his back again.

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