Australian pacer James Pattinson retires from all forms of cricket
The 31-year old decided to call it a day ahead of the Ashes that is slated to begin in December. Victorian pacer made the decision to focus on his family. He will continue to play domestic cricket and will be helping his side develop the next generation of pace bowlers.
In a career plagued by injuries, Pattinson has represented Australia in 21 Test matches, 15 One-Day Internationals and 4 T20Is. In 21 Tests, Pattinson has claimed 81 wickets at an average of 26.33 with four five-fors to his name. His best bowling performance in Test cricket for Australia came against New Zealand at The Gabbba in Brisbane. He picked up five wickets and conceded 27 runs in his 11 overs.
In ODIs, James Pattinson has played 15 matches, in which he has claimed 16 wickets at an average of 42.56. Pattinson was currently going through a back injury and was expected to be in the Test squad for the upcoming Ashes series played against England.
On his Test debut for Australia, pacer James Pattinson has bagged a five-four. In 2011, James Pattinson was awarded player of the series for this splendid bowling performances for Australia in the Tests played against New Zealand. He made his last limited-overs appearance for Australia in 2015 before a back injury ruled him out. However, he recovered from injury and played for Australia in 2019 Ashes series played in England.
James Pattinson stated that he wanted to be available for Australia for Ashes series but lack of preparation prove to be big factor in this decision. He said that he wasn’t fit enough and wanted to be honest with the team management.
Australia’s chief selector George Bailey said that Pattinson has done well for Australia in Test cricket. He said that Patton has shown a lot of heart and determination to play international cricket for Australia.
Pacer also acknowledged the support received by Cricket Australia. He also thanked his team-mates for supporting him throughout his international career.