James Pattinson eyeing to play all formats for Australia after making Test return

The 29-year-old has come back to top-level cricket after a back surgery.

James Pattinson during the Ashes 2019 | Getty Images

Australian speedster made a return to the Test squad after a 3 and half year wait. He is now eyeing to play the ODIs and T20I as well. Pattinson came back to Test cricket after undergoing surgery on his back. His long wait to get back into the Test squad has made him very happy and the Ashes urn retention was the cherry on the top.

He is now back to playing domestic cricket for Victoria. He will be playing the Marsh Cup, which is a 50-over domestic tournament, to make his claim for a return to Australia’s ODI and T20I squads as well.

Pattinson told cricket.com.au, “To play that first Test and get another at Headingley was extremely rewarding after a lot of hard work and a lot of hard times going through everything with my back to get back to Test cricket. I was (pinching myself), when I first got picked in the Ashes quad I was pretty happy and when I got the nod for that first Test was special then to go on and win a pretty crucial test at Edgbaston where England haven't lost for a long while, to contribute to a winning team there was special as well.

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It's great just to be on the flight home fit and ready to go into summer here, I can't wait to get stuck in with Victoria and hopefully Australia,” he added.

He knows that he has to perform well for Victoria to get a place in all formats at the international level and he is ready to put in the hard yards. The 29-year-old said, “If I can stay fit, stay strong, put in some good performances for Victoria and hopefully I can get picked in the One-day or Test team. Hopefully, I can try and contribute in all formats for Australia. I got to do that by putting my hand up for selection and performing for Victoria first.

Hopefully I'll have a really good summer, a really strong summer for whoever I'm playing for and it's just great to know I've been in England for five months with not many injuries. For me, with the back injury and surgery I've had, to get through that is a real tick and something I'm proud of,” he added.

(Source: cricket.com.au)

 
 

By Sameer Deodhar - 19 Sep, 2019

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