Pattinson ruled out of Strikers clash
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.