Australia suffered a massive blow on Wednesday (October 4), as paceman James Pattinson has been ruled out of the upcoming Magellan Ashes series against England after nursing a lower-back stress fracture, according to the Cricket Australia (CA).
The sports scientist and manager of the sports medicine Alex Kountouris for Cricket Australia revealed, the paceman re-aggravated back injury while developing complications after Australia returned home following a dismal show in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
“Soon after returning from the UK, following the Champions Trophy and his county cricket contract, James presented with back pain,” Kountouris told Cricket Australia.
However, Pattinson was a member of the Australia squad in England for the 2017 Champions Trophy but was left out in the playing XI, as the trio in the form of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood shouldered the fast bowling responsibility.
As the CA selectors paced up the process to look out for picking up the worthy replacement of Pattinson for the traditional series, the right-arm-pacer rued for pulling out of the campaign owing to the long-established injury.
“I’m especially disappointed to miss out on the possibility to play in a home Ashes Series,” Pattinson’s comments were published by CA.
The 27-year-old Melbourne-born Pattinson will go on an indefinite break after being hobbled by injury which has had already kept him away to feature in the recently concluded two-match Test series in Bangladesh as well.
“Obviously I am extremely disappointed with this setback after just getting back into a good run of playing cricket,” Pattinson added.
While accepting the fate, Pattinson reiterated he would be in touch with specialists – to get rid of the injury which eventually has had made things miserable during his early international career.
“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,” Pattinson remarked.
With the unfavourable ruling out of Pattinson after a flare-up of back stress, the much-talked-about pace quartet will further be restricted to a trio fro the New South Wales, who are bound to face a huge task against Joe Root-led England.
“As such, he has discontinued bowling as part of his recovery which unfortunately means that he will be unavailable for the beginning of the Sheffield Shield and subsequently Ashes campaign,” Kountouris maintained.
Pattinson had previously featured in the English Cricket County at iconic Lord’s against Surrey while representing Nottinghamshire in the final of the One-day tournament. The promising prospect Pattinson eventually played a significant role for his home side Victoria, before injury came as a fresh setback.
“This is the area of current re-aggravation but we are hopeful that we can put strategies in place to help manage this when James returns to playing,” Kountouris concluded.
The first of the five-match series is slated for November 23 and 27 at Gabba in Brisbane, before going into a pink-ball Test from December 2 in Adelaide. Pattinson represented Australia for the first time while donning the white jersey in December 2014 against New Zealand at Gabba.