Australian pace bowler James Pattinson is out of the third Test match against India after sustaining an injury. The 30-year-old has reportedly injured his ribs due to a fall at his residence.
James Pattinson was a part of the playing XI in the first two Tests. The pacer was the first back-up option for Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the Australian pace unit. Cricket Australia has not yet declared a replacement for the injured pacer. Michael Neser and Sean Abbott are the other two reserve pacers in the Australian Test squad. Both bowlers are yeat to make their Test debuts.
Talking about bowling options, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson is the other bowler in the squad. However, the Kangaroos are expected to go in with the same bowling line-up for the third Test. They might consider changes if there are any injuries to Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood or Nathan Lyon.
Pattinson has caught many injuries throughout his cricketing career. The pacer will be assessed after to confirm his availability for the final match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Brisbane.
James Pattinson’s Test career stats and record
The Australian pacer has captured 81 wickets in 21 Test matches he has played for Australia thus far. This also includes four 5-wicket hauls with the best figures of 5/27. He has achieved this feat twice. The first was in his debut Test against New Zealand at the Gabba and the second against West Indies at Hobart. Pattinson’s last match for Australia was in the New Year’s Test at Sydney. The bowler, however, went wicketless in both the innings.
The right-arm pacer has played five Tests against the Indian team. In that, he has picked up 20 wickets at an average of 25.35. Pattinson’s best figures against India was a spell of 5/96 at Chennai back in February 2013.
James was also a part of the Australia A squad that played the first warm-up match against India A. The pacer accumulated three wickets in the first innings of that match. In the second innings, he went wicketless. James Pattinson’s latest blaze of glory was as part of the Mumbai Indians team that won their fifth IPL title. The 30-year old bagged 11 wickets in ten IPL 2020 matches.