After successful Test return, rejuvenated Pattinson eyes ODI recall
James Pattinson enjoyed a successful return to international cricket. (AFP Image)

Fresh off his successful comeback in international cricket, a rejuvenated James Pattinson cannot wait to get back to playing competitive games. Playing his first Test in more than three years, Pattinson returned figures of 2/82 and scored 47 important runs as Australia hammered England by 251 runs to hand them their first loss at Edgbaston since 2001.

He was then rested for the Lord’s Test before returning for the third Test at Leeds, where despite his showings of 2/9 and 1/47, Australia could not avert a defeat. As Pattinson now sets sights on the road ahead – playing the Marsh Cup for Victoria, the fast bowler reflected on his triumphant return.

“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,” Pattinson said.

“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.

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

Now that Pattinson has made a promising return in Tests, the 29-year-old is hopeful of playing a format he hasn’t featured in since 2015 – ODIs, while realising fitness is key. The Marsh Cup could very well be the start of Pattinson’s road to 50-over redemption and Pattinson feels a few good outings for Victoria could very well mark the beginning of it.

“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,” Pattinson said. “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.”

Australia are in line to face Pakistan next at home in a two-Test series starting November 21 and if captain Tim Paine’s words are any indication, good news await Pattinson.

“We think our home conditions suit (Pattinson) really well, so we are excited,” Paine said. “We’re going to have them fresh and ready to go for the home summer which is great. He is someone who we’ve been really pleased with what he’s done in his return to Test cricket over here. He’s bowling very, very well. He’s going to be a huge asset for us going forward.

“We said from the start we want to make sure we look after him so he’s got a lot more years in him of Test cricket. We can’t wait to get him back to Australia and unleash him during the summer.”