James Pattinson    Getty Images
James Pattinson Getty Images

While England are most likely to miss all-rounder Ben Stokes’ services in the 2017-18 Ashes on disciplinary grounds, Australia have suffered with a blow as well. James Pattinson has been ruled out of the entire series following a reaggravating stress fracture. He will miss this summer’s Sheffield Shield as well. Pattinson had missed the Bangladesh tour to work on his health and recover fully. Unfortunately, things did not improve, and the pain persisted in practice sessions. Pattinson’s career has been marred with injuries since 2014.

Cricket Australia’s science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said: “We made the decision to withdraw him from the tour of Bangladesh and monitor his pain. He returned to bowling after a period of rest and unfortunately he is still experiencing pain with bowling. During this time we have been monitoring him, including regular scans and recent imaging has confirmed that James has begun to reaggravate his previous lower back stress fracture. As such, he has discontinued bowling as part of his recovery which unfortunately means that he will be unavailable for the beginning of the Sheffield Shield and subsequently Ashes campaign. Whilst this is very disappointing that James has reaggravated this old injury, we are confident that he can recover from this and return to playing.”

A dejected Pattinson said, “I’m especially disappointed to miss out on the possibility to play in a home Ashes series. Over the next few weeks I will discuss all available options available to me with medical staff, to work out the best plan to prevent this from happening again.”