Australia will not push for James Pattinson's comeback: Pat Howard

James Pattinson took 11 wickets in first two Test matches against India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 8, 2012

Cricket Australia (CA) high performance manager Pat Howard on Sunday said that 21-year-old pacer James Pattinson will not be rushed into action. Pattinson had suffered a foot injury during the second Test match against India at Sydney, and was subsequently ruled out of action.

The right-arm pacer had been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series and is doubtful for the upcoming tri series also involving Sri Lanka.

“We won’t rush him back. We’ll look to bring him back later in the [one-day] series depending on what players are available and where we are at that stage,” Howard was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Pattinson had expressed on Saturday that he will try to force his comeback for the tri-series.

“It’s not as bad as first thought,” Pattinson said of the injury.

“I’ll probably miss two Test matches and then I’ll probably look to play the one-dayers; so it’s not all bad,” he was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

Pattinson said he knew something wasn’t quite right during India’s second innings because he’d experienced similar pain in the foot before.

“I reported a bit of pain to (physiotherapist) Alex (Kountouris) during the second innings and it was just sort of getting worse and worse. I’ve had a stress fracture in my foot before and I know the feeling, so I just reported that and said it felt similar. So he just got me to get a scan and it showed there was a hot spot,” he said.