Australia’s James Pattinson has been signed up by England’s county club Nottinghamshire for the first half of 2017 season, the club confirmed on its social media site.
— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) March 17, 2017
Pattinson, 26, will be available for both 50-over and four-day format until the end of June. The Australian speedster has replaced his countryman Peter Siddle, who has been ruled out due to a back injury.
The fast-bowler recently asked Cricket Australia (CA) to pick Pat Cummins over him for India tour as a replacement of the injured Mitchell Starc, as going by his words, his prolonged back pain could well damage his chances of playing further. Currently, he is playing for Victoria Bushrangers in the Sheffield Shield in Australia.
Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire coach, said the side would benefit with Pattinson’s presence as his ability to cause damage with his swing and lethal pace is enough to stir fear in the opposition camp. Moores also said he is someone who can win matches for a side, and that would be an added advantage for them.
“James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed. Pace creates opportunities, so he gives us a wicket taking option in both championship and 50-over matches. We’ve seen that from him when he’s played international cricket. That ability to open up sides on flat pitches is what we’re really looking at. That’s the kind of thing that wins you games.”
Speaking about how he feels over his signing, Pattinson said, ‘He is following the family tradition by joining the Notts (Nottinghamshire) and it’s fantastic.’