James Pattinson, the Aussie fast bowler who was named in the Ashes squad is set to miss cricket’s biggest test series due to injury. The medical staff has confirmed that his back injury is serious.
At the age of 27, Pattinson has suffered from multiple stress fractures in his back. He also revealed that he asked the selectors to not consider him for the India tour and he doesn’t want to rush back from injury.
And, because: “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.”
He added: “I didn’t want to make that same mistake again, because at 26, if I went over there and did my back again or something, it would be not an ideal thing for the third time.”
He also expressed his disappointment of not being able to take part in Ashes: “I’m especially disappointed to miss out on the possibility to play in a home Ashes series. 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.”
In the last couple of months, time had not gone well for Australia. They managed to win only 1 Test against Bangladesh and 1 ODI against India and because of the continuous injuries of their pacers, they have suffered badly in the subcontinent.