Australia pacer James Pattinson, who was ruled out of the Ashes 2013 due to a stress fracture in the back, believes he will get fit in time to feature in the first Test of the return Ashes series in late November this year.
Pattinson says himself as ‘touch-and-go’ for the first Test of the Australian summer and will have scans on Tuesday to determine the progress of his recovery. The right-arm pacer will have to prove his fitness in First-Class cricket.
Pattinson told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I will be touch-and-go for Brisbane, I’m going to have to get my workload up for that month before in Shield cricket. Because I haven’t run yet and I haven’t done any bowling, it’s hard to tell. But at this stage, I’m on track with everything else. The good thing is, though, we’ve got so many bowlers up and ready.”
The 23-year-old pacer says he will analyse his bowling action with the help of videos and make necessary changes.
“I’ve looked at video analysis of my action and there is a couple of things there that I could fix up that would limit the stress I put on my back. I’m only 23, so I’m still relatively young in cricket terms. So I’ve just got to learn how to treat my body better.”
Pattinson added, “Me being me, I will be putting my hand up to play every Test.”
Talking about Australia’s bowling department, Pattinson said, “It’s fantastic to have that competition in the group and I think that’s why the bowlers did quite well over in England, we’ve got that competition and we’re all vying for spots. Looking back on it, I don’t think they scored 400 once over there, and we scored 500 once, almost twice.”