Pattinson's pace spices up Nottinghamshire attack

James Pattinson adds further international quality to the Nottinghamshire attack Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Nottinghamshire have signed the Australia fast bowler James Pattinson for the first half of the English season.

Pattinson, 26, will be available for both four-day and 50-over cricket until the end of June and replaces fellow Australian Peter Siddle who was forced to withdraw from his deal with a back injury.

Pattinson recently asked not to be considered for a call-up to the tour of India following a series of comebacks which have resulted in further lay-offs with back problems. He is currently completing the Sheffield Shield season with Victoria.

"James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed," Peter Moores, the Nottinghamshire coach, said. "Pace creates opportunities, so he gives us a wicket taking option in both championship and 50-over matches. We've seen that from him when he's played international cricket.

"That ability to open up sides on flat pitches is what we're really looking at. That's the kind of thing that wins you games."

Pattinson could form a formidable new-ball attack with Stuart Broad who is currently not part of England's one-day plans and therefore not set to play international cricket again until the Test series against South Africa in July.