An injury to Mitchell Starc before the Ranchi Test, opened the gates for many pacers to replace him for the India Test series and the name of James Pattinson was thought about as a replacement for the left-handed pacer but Pattinson revealed that he had himself asked national selectors not to select him in the Test squad and let him allow play few Sheffield Steel games in order to get back into the groove,
“I had a chat with the selectors before this series, saying that I just wanted to really get through this Shield season. I know the last two times I’ve done something like this, flown over to a series where it’s in the balance and there’s the potential of me bowling close to 40, 50 overs, which I have – in South Africa in 2014 I did it, and then last year I did the same thing in New Zealand, going in with not a lot of cricket, and it hasn’t really turned out very well for me,” ” Pattinson told Melbourne based RSN radio on Tuesday (March 14).
Pattinson made a comeback to competitive cricket earlier this year in the Big Bash League after recovering from back and shin stress injuries.
With Pattinson making himself unavailable, the selectors called up Pat Cummins as replacement of Starc. However, Cummins’ call-up was somehow baffling as the 23-year old fast bowler made a comeback to first-class cricket after been out for six years from the longest format of the game. There are bright chances of Cummins straight away walking in the playing XI for the Ranchi Test match.
“It’s a hard thing, when you’ve got the talent of Pat Cummins, it’s a hard thing, especially when the series is 1-1. And that’s the thing that I saw the time when I went to South Africa, and last year, you want to do everything you possibly can for your country and help win, and you don’t care if you get injured.
“That’s the sort of thing I’ve done in the past, and now that I’m a bit older, you can’t really afford to do my back again and have another year off at this age. I’m sure Pat will go over and do well and who knows, he’ll probably be fine. But that was the risk that I’ve taken over the last couple of years and it hasn’t paid off, so it didn’t want to do that again,” Pattinson said.
James Pattinson, who is playing Sheffield shield recently replaced Peter Siddle at the Nottinghamshire camp for English county season.