The Investec Ashes 2013 July 22, 2013

Pattinson ruled out of Ashes series

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James Pattinson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Investec Ashes series in England after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of the lower back.

Pattinson reported "hip and back soreness" after the final day of the second Test at Lord's and subsequent scans, which he underwent in London on Monday, showed the early signs of a stress fracture.

He will travel with the squad to Sussex and then on to Manchester before returning home to Australia. His place was likely to have come under scrutiny ahead of the Old Trafford Test after two disappointing performances at Trent Bridge and Lord's, where he has taken seven wickets at 43.85.

This is the latest injury setback in Pattinson's career following a rib injury he picked up against South Africa last year and a foot problem he sustained against India the during the 2011-12 season.

Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said: "We had some scans done today in London that have identified an early stage low back stress fracture. Unfortunately he will not take any further part in this Test series and will commence a rehabilitation program with the aim to have him back for the Australian summer."

Pat Howard, the Cricket Australia team performance manager, added: "While we are obviously disappointed for James, the selectors have five bowlers fit and ready to perform in England, providing them with many options.

"It is also important to note that several players have been performing for Australia A and are available to be called up at any stage if the NSP required them. We've been well planned to have as many bowlers fit and available in the lead-up to this important series and while this set-back for James is disappointing, we are confident we have good fast bowling depth."

The other pace options currently in England, who weren't selected at Lord's, are Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and James Faulkner. The fast bowlers currently on duty for Australia A in Zimbabwe and South Africa are Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chadd Sayers, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Gurinder Sandhu.

Cummins, regularly billed as one of the brighest talents in Australian cricket, has played one Test and is being handled very carefully by Cricket Australia after he, too, suffered a number of injuries. Hazlewood, who has appeared in one ODI and one Twenty20, is another who has had fitness issues.

Sayers has played just 14 first-class matches but put his name in contention with an impressive 2012-13 season and showed eye-catching form when Australia A were in the UK ahead of the Ashes series. Coulter-Nile was part of Australia's squad for the recent Champions Trophy in England.

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  • Shaun on July 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Trent Copeland must surely come in consideration now?

  • Rajaram on July 24, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    This is a huge blow for us. I hope he gets well before this summer's Ashes.Jackson Bird should get his place. What is the situation on Pat Cummins and Trent Copeland? Mirchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus are waiting to have a go too.

  • Shanmugam on July 23, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    @H_Z_O, I don't disagree that it is a backward step. I was just saying that even these players may outperform the current squad. I do think that Hussey still had a year or 2 of cricket left in him before his retirement and Katich still offers Aus. a lot more than any of the current openers. Of course, Aus. would not recall them as, you rightly point out, it would be a backward step. I still think the Aussies have some life left in this series. England's top order has not exactly fired for a while now and I think the Aussies have good plans for Cook and Trott. At least once in the series, the Aussies will win the toss and post a good first innings score and we will have to see how England responds to that.

  • VAIBHAV on July 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Already the aussies were facing numerous batting problems and now they have lost one of their top three batsmen(not to mention the speedster of bowling attack).Well until and unless the alter the current setup of the team, they are going to be hammered in the same way.They need to try something new say change the batting order-hughes and watson need to exchange their roles for obvious reasons.

  • gurinder on July 23, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    pattinson is overrated. look how he failed miserably outside aus. also he is light weight and cannot stand rigors of test cricket , he broke in indian tests as well. all talent is a waste without proper physical attributes. recall johnson he plays with heart which i have not seen from any other aus bowler except siddle. but siddle lacks talents which johnson posses. he can change a game within a spelll or two.

  • Dean on July 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Further to my previous, I guess Aus may consider Fawad as a replacement. I strongly suspect that we have seen the last of Agar in this Ashes seires & Lyon will surely play at OT. I have though heard Lehman mention the possibilty of going with 2 spinners which could be feasible at OT or the Oval. Although Fawad is still an unknown quanity Aus would have nothing to loose by thowing in him in to a side with Lyon given the dry nature of the pitches we are seeing. However if they are thinking of bringing Fawad in they should do it now & get him in the side for the game against Sussex at the weekend.

  • VENKATACHALAM on July 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Pattinson looks like another Cummins in the making. May be after another two years of a stop-start International career, will his mind give up and turn to the lure of the T20 leagues. If that happens, it will be a monumental waste, not only for Australia but for world cricket.

  • John on July 23, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @Chris Sun - McGrath never bowled consistently at 145 kph, not even in his dreams. He bowled high 130's to low 140's at best. I also question the validity of a lot of fastest ball results from that time - much better to look at average bowling speeds, even if you omit the slower balls. He's still one the greatest fast bowlers of all time, certainly OZ's best.

  • Brennan on July 23, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I would love to see Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins brought in....Hazlewood had great figures against Zimbabwe last week, is very tall, fast, and moves the ball off the seam. However, he's a bit more of a 'hit the deck short of a length bowler' and if England are going to keep rolling out these pitches with less life than Antarctica, we're more likely to go for probably Starc back in the XI again.

  • John on July 23, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @gbqdgj on (July 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT), Cummins has been injured repeatedly since then. He's healthy at the moment and playing for Australia A, but I have my doubts whether they'll pick him for the first XI again any time soon. Pattinson is three years older and still having injury problems so they'll likely want to give Cummins at least a year or two of domestic and A cricket to strengthen his body more before subjecting it to the rigours of a full international schedule again. He certainly does a genuine prospect though, which makes managing him even more important.