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James Pattinson presses claim to return to national team

He burst onto the scene when he took five second innings wickets in his Test debut against New Zealand at the Gabba in 2011 – but for James Pattinson injury has cruelled his ability to consistently play cricket at the top level.

Pattinson – who has only managed 17 Tests for the Aussies but taken 70 wickets was one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, alongside the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

However, recurring back injuries and a number of stress fractures have restricted his impact on the cricket world.

The 28-year-old hasn’t given up on a return to the national team after making his return for Victoria in their recent Sheffield Shield draw with South Australia.

Pattinson showed what he could do ripping through the Redbacks’ second innings with three quick wickets, while managing his bowling workload.

“We were fortunate enough to play him (Pattinson) this game and have him bat at seven and roll out 20 or so overs which is perfect the way we want to build him,” Victorian bowling coach Mick Lewis said.

“He’s got to be mindful he’s had back surgery, it’s something he can’t rush back into.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a restriction on him, it’s a cautious approach.

“The days where he’s trying to bowl 40 plus overs in a game aren’t right there at the moment, but it’s a slow build for him.

“The way he’s going about it at the moment is what we need and what we want.”

Although Pattinson is unlikely to feature in Australia’s Test team this summer, he could yet make a return in the Limited overs arena.

He will continue to manage his return from injury for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield competition.

 

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