Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 1, 2012

Pattinson hopes to play in tri-series


The fast bowler James Pattinson is confident he will be fit to play in the second half of the Commonwealth Bank Series. Pattinson is recovering from a foot injury that ruled him out of the final two Tests against India after he made an outstanding start to his Test career, with 25 wickets at an average of 18.12 in his first four matches in the baggy green.

After the Sydney Test, scans showed Pattinson had the early signs of stress fractures in his left foot and he was declared unfit for the rest of the Test series. However, Pattinson now believes he will be able to return in time for the end of the triangular one-day series, which would also make him available for the tour of the West Indies that follows.

"My recovery is going really well at the moment," Pattinson said on the Cricket Australia website. "I'm about three weeks away from coming back. My foot is feeling good. I'm back running and doing some bowling. I'll hopefully be back for the one-day international series about halfway through it, about the fifth one-dayer and then hopefully we can get into the finals and I'll be right for them."

Australia's fifth match in the series is against India in Brisbane on February 19, but even if Pattinson does not come up for that game he could be in the mix for the last few matches and the finals, which are scheduled for the first week of March. That Pattinson's injury does not appear to be long-term is good news for an Australia side already missing the vice-captain Shane Watson and the fast man Pat Cummins.

Cummins has been all but ruled out of the Australian summer due to a heel injury but he believes he could be fit for the Caribbean tour in March. Watson has been told not to rush back too soon and he said earlier this week that his calf injury was proving difficult to shake, and at this stage there is no clear time-frame for his return.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Josh on February 2, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Amen Steve Gregory!!! I also cannot wait to see Cummins and Pattinson in tandom, mouth watering prospect. Big call considering the pace battery SA and England currently boast, but Australia could conceivably have the best pace attack in world cricket in the coming years. As to who will miss out, God only knows... when everyones fit, by my reckoning, we could have 6 genuine fast bowlers who would feel seriously unlucky to miss out on one of 3 spots, Harris Siddle Hilfenhaus Cummins Pattinson Starc. I think Johnson Bollinger and Copeland have all played their last Tests.

  • Luke on February 1, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    What kind of calf injury keeps Watson out for so long? What could he possibly have done?!? At least the selectors will have an abundance of fast bowlers to pick from.

  • Harry on February 1, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    I hope they keep Patto in fc games & let him ease his way back into form. One thing we have got is plenty of bowling options. Blakey, uncalled for, mate, Watson has been a trojan for us the last few years, now if you had sad Johnson........

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I can't wait for Patterson an Cummins bowl in tandom.Just who will they leave out?

  • world on February 1, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    please be away from ODI's and T20's (mainly IPL) it will effect ur test performance. better u play more tests.

  • sowmi on February 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    india really lack an out and out fast bowler. Interesting to see australia keep churning out more and more fast bowlers. cummins, pattinson, starc, siddle, hilfenhaus, harris, jhonson,lee all are genuine fast bowlers who will always get u wickets. On the other hand India is clinging on to Zaheer Khan and Praveen kumar the only bowlers of any quality. Umesh and varun have a good future if the bcci doesnt get to them first like they did with munaf,sreeshanth, agarkar, ishant.

  • Ryan on February 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    With the bowling depth Aussie have at the moment there is no need for him to risk playing this series. He might as well play a first-class game or two before the West Indies tour.

  • khadeer on February 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I t would be prudent to bring in Pattinson for the tri-series. He should be ready for the West Indies tour, However no one seems to speculate as to the kind of injury Shane Watson had that after nearly three months he is still not fit !!! Strange. When he does get fit to play he should not be rushed in like Shaun Marsh and he should perform and gain entry into the playing XI.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    This makes me wonder how we Indians manage our fast bowlers. Umesh Yadav is continuing to bowl from WI series and am sure India's fastest bowler will require considerable rest considering hectic schedule ahead.I don't want him bowl 130 to prolong his career. Take Aussies for example - Pat Cummins played two test, Pattinson played four, Starc three and rotated with other fast bowlers. Cummins advised not to play IPL. I see there is definite plan in nurturing them. India too should follow same procedure now that we have got few talented but inconsistent or lazy fast bowlers. To name a few Zaheer, Praveen, Ishant, Umesh, Varun, Irfan, RP Singh, Sreesanth, Munaf, Ashok,Mithun,Srinath, Vinay,Tyagi and list goes on....BCCI you have got resources please plan & utilize....

  • Michael on February 1, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Out of the three, that;s two young lionhearts and one whose major injurey is a missing heart! I think it is amazing the difference in the Australian team without Shane Watson.

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