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Pattinson 'a victim of his own power'

05 October 2017

Martin Smith, in Ranchi


Martin Smith, in Ranchi


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James Pattinson's teammates have backed the fast bowler to respond to his latest injury setback, which has ended his dream of a home Ashes campaign this summer.

It was announced on Wednesday that Pattinson will take an indefinite break from the game having aggravated a lower back problem that has previously stunted his promising career.

The 27-year-old had loomed as a major weapon against England's top order this summer but he will instead take time out to seek expert advice "to prevent this from happening again."

Allrounder Moises Henriques said the tearaway's trademark aggression and unwillingness to hold anything back may have worked against him.

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"Unfortunately for James he's almost a victim of how powerful and strong he is," Henriques said in Ranchi ahead of a three-match T20 series against India.

"He's just such a good athlete and he always goes so hard when he bowls. And that's what's so brilliant about him and why he's so effective when he plays.

"He's still such a young man so he's still got a lot of time ahead of him, but it was really sad to hear the news.

"He's a guy you love being around, he's great company, he's good for the boys and you know he's going to give absolutely everything every time he steps onto the park.

"It's a big loss."

While Pattinson's absence is a blow to Australia, he was seemingly behind NSW trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for an Ashes berth even if he was fully fit.

The Victorian's absence means uncapped Western Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile is the leading contender to play this summer should one the three main quicks suffer an injury.

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"You chuck (Pattinson) into the mix with the other three big quicks we've got, and the way Coults is bowling at the moment, it's a pretty formidable bowling attack for the home summer if he's fit," Henriques said.

"It's a real shame for James and Australian cricket as well."

Pattinson had originally been removed from Australia's Test squad to Bangladesh in August having reported mild lower back pain following a successful stint with English county side Nottinghamshire.

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While it was initially expected the injury would heal in time for the summer, a return to the nets with state side Victoria resulted in more pain and consequent scans revealed inflammation in an area where he'd previously suffered a stress fracture.

"Obviously I am extremely disappointed with this setback after just getting back into a good run of playing cricket," Pattinson said.

"Over the next few weeks I will discuss all available options available to me with medical staff, to work out the best plan to prevent this from happening again."

Australia's Qantas Tour of India

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

T20 Fixtures

October 7: JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi

October 10: Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati

October 13: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

About the Writer

Martin Smith is a writer for He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.