James Pattinson declares himself fit for ODI tri-series

James Pattinson had suffered a foot injury during the second Test match against India at Sydney, and was subsequently ruled out of action Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 26, 2012

James Pattinson declared himself fit enough to play one-dayers. Pattinson had suffered a foot injury during the second Test match against India at Sydney, and was subsequently ruled out of action. Pattinson said yesterday he had just started running again and look to be back again for the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka, which starts on February 5.

”I’ve been back doing swimming and bike riding and all that sort of stuff over the last three weeks, so I’ll have a week of running and then I’ll get back into bowling,” Pattinson was quoted by Syndey Morning Herald.

”At the moment we’re looking to the start of the one-day series with a bit of luck, and obviously I’ll go from there. Hopefully it holds up.”

Pattinson, who has 25 wickets in four Tests, had complained of foot pain during the second Test of the ongoing series against India. He was ruled out after scans revealed stress hot spots in the metatarsal bone. He was seen wearing a moon boot shortly after, but yesterday said it wasn’t as bad as it looked.

”I only had that on for a week. It was just precautionary, so I didn’t knock it and stuff like that. It was a bit vulnerable at that time.”

With injuries to other fast bowlers, including Mitchell Johnson (foot), Shane Watson (calf), Ryan Harris (hip) and Doug Bollinger (hamstring), Pattison feels Australia’s new rotation policy had its merits.

”I think the way cricket’s going now there’s so much cricket being played all over the world. You look at IPL now and there are so many series on, that you probably have to [rotate].

”It’s hard because you want to be playing every game. But I think bowlers are smart enough now to put their hand up and say, ‘Look, I do need a rest’.”

He said it was difficult sitting out the remainder of the Indian series, particularly after being a key player in the first two matches. But he took comfort from the fact that Australia has built of pool of bowlers in this series.

”A couple of months ago, we were talking about ‘we’ve got no bowlers’. I think it’s when I made my debut. We looked like we were struggling a bit.

”But it’s great to see so many new faces come in and do really well, and some old faces with Ben Hilfenhaus coming in and probably being the bowler of the series by far.

”When Mitch Johnson is back, Pat Cummins is back, we have potentially got seven fast bowlers that can come into the team at any one stage and perform really well.

”It’s great we are doing so well. I think it just makes you more hungry to get back in there.”