County news February 20, 2012

Nottinghamshire suffer Pattinson blow

Darren Pattinson, the Victoria and Nottinghamshire seamer, will miss at least the first two months of the English domestic season after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back.

Pattinson, 32, who played one Test for England against South Africa in 2008, had been playing domestic cricket in Australia when the injury was diagnosed. His 21-year-old brother, James Pattinson, who has claimed 25 wickets in his first four Tests, is also currently sidelined with a stress fracture in the left foot, though he is hoping to return to action within days.

Nottinghamshire are also looking for a new overseas batsman after it emerged that David Hussey was very unlikely to be able to fulfil his contract with the club. Hussey, 34, has recently been recalled to Australia's limited-overs side and has now set his sights on playing in the 2015 World Cup.

It is understood that Nottinghamshire approached VVS Laxman, who agreed a stint a couple of years ago only to see it vetoed by the BCCI, but he was unwilling to play Twenty20 cricket.

The club hope to have found a suitable replacement, a batsman who is available for the majority of the summer, before their AGM on February 27.

Edited by Andrew McGlashan

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roo on February 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... Your 2nd comment doesn't make sense - reread the article... You are completely fabricating up the facts again... Darren has a back stress fracture (not foot) while James had foot bruising with a minor small bone fracture that healed within 2 weeks... It was the bruising/swelling that was the problem & caused the fracture for James & he is back playing cricket... Cummins had a bruised heal & back at training...

  • Roo on February 22, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... Agree with your 1st comment - many people living in Aus, NZ, SA, UK have come from different countries & are welcomed as citizens (including their children)... What I'm not overly happy with is cricketers who get all their training through their youth & early adult years being poached by other countries - even some that were never born in that country... At the same time, I can understand players playing for another country when there chances of playing for their own are close to zero - Darren Pattinson, Brownlie & now Ronchi, etc - none were young... They were never going to play for Oz... Still it does feel like 'cut & running' tactics to most people - even mercenary behaviour...

  • Bryn on February 22, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    what will england do without their best bowler who isnt good enough to play for victoria?

  • John on February 21, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    One of my posts didn't get published for I don't know what reason. I was saying that Australia will be hoping fervently that the two brothers both having stress fractures in the foot is purely coincidence. If it indicates some inherent family weakness then that doesn't bode well for James' career. With Pat Cummins also having a stress fracture in his foot, Australia's pace attack of the future may never get the chance to live up to expectations.

  • John on February 21, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Darren Pattinson was born in the UK but went to Australia with his parents at age 6. I wonder whether RandyOZ considers him Australian or English. Usman Khawaja is apparently Australian, having moved to Australia at age 4. Andrew Strauss is apparently South African having moved to Australia at age 6 and then to England at age 9. Geraint Jones is apparently New Guinean having been born there of Welsh parents and moved to Australia before the age of 1 and then to England at about 20. The moral of the story is that people will consider someone's nationality to be whatever is convenient to them at the time. I'm sure that if Darren Pattinson had been called up to play for Australia then he would have been dinky di. Darren's heritage is English, just like James', but they both grew up and learned to play cricket in Australia.

  • Andrew on February 20, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    @hhillbumper - this ones a Pom! LOL! He can do recovery sessions with Bresnan!

  • Andy on February 20, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Adam Voges was keen on coming back last I heard, maybe Notts would rather have somebody new...

  • Terry on February 20, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Ha ha. THAT Pattinson is yours. Unlucky.The real one is fit again ... played in a Victoria 2nd X1 game for 3 wickets & one batsman with a broken arm.

  • stuart on February 20, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    I don't know it would appear that Aussie bowlers just can't stay fit

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