In a shocking move, Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has decided to hang his boots from international cricket, months ahead of the all-important Ashes series. With the host fancying grass on the wicket, Pattinson was sure to make the cut in the final squad.
The 31-year-old has represented the Aussies in 21 Test matches, picking up 81 wickets at an average of 26.33, including four five-wicket hauls. The Victorian has also donned the Baggy Green in 15 ODIs and 4 T20I matches from 2011 to 2015.
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Earlier this month, James Pattinson has admitted that the Summer’s Test series will be his final shot to regain the Test cap. However, an untimely injury during a warm-up game late last month came as a setback.
I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack: James Pattinson
“Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack but in the end I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season,” Pattinson said in a statement.
“If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my teammates justice. I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time. That would not be fair to myself or the team.
“It was then I felt that instead of trying to play at the very highest level, knowing I have only got three or four years of cricket left, I would focus more on Victoria, helping the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spending more time with my family,” James Pattinson added.
As per reports, James Pattinson has foregone his Cricket Australia contract and will now concentrate fully on the upcoming domestic season. He now looks set to play a full season for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.