James Pattinson sidelined due to a bone stress injury in his leg and then a relapse of stress fractures in his back    Getty Images
James Pattinson sidelined due to a bone stress injury in his leg and then a relapse of stress fractures in his back Getty Images

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson is ready to return to cricket in November after being out of action since February due to injury but has ruled out playing tests in 2016. The right-arm quick returned from injury in the second test against New Zealand in Christchurch but was then sidelined due to a bone stress injury in his leg and then a relapse of stress fractures in his back. The 26-year-old said he was considering a grade-cricket comeback in early November, with a potential start in the Melbourne Renegades’ Twenty20 Big Bash campaign and a Sheffield Shield game before Christmas. James Pattinson to miss domestic cricket due to soreness in shin

“I’m off my long run next week. I’ll probably be playing grade cricket in the next couple of weeks and then see how I go from there,” Pattinson told reporters. “I haven’t ruled out playing international cricket [this summer]. I probably won’t play test cricket.” Australia begin a three-test series against South Africa in November before hosting New Zealand for three one-day internationals and three tests against Pakistan. Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Australian domestic cricket season due to recurrence of shin soreness. The 25-year-old, who had missed the first Test against New Zealand, sustained a recurrence of injury during the second Test, reported ANI.

Confirming the news, Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley revealed that Pattinson had underwent scans following the Christchurch Test and that the result had shown some inflammation around the shin consistent with bone stress, Sport24 reported.