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Australian Pacer James Pattinson retires from Test Cricket Ahead of Ashes



Australian Pacer James Pattinson retires from Test Cricket Ahead of Ashes

Test Cricket: Australian fast bowler James Pattinson announced his shock retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday, just weeks before arch-rivals England arrive to battle for the Ashes.

The 31-year-old Victorian pacer made the decision to step away from international cricket to focus on family, playing for his state, and helping develop the next generation of fast bowlers.

Once he gets over another injury – a cruel fate of sport that has left Australian cricket with one of its biggest ‘what ifs’ – he will continue to fire down lightning fast, full-pitched deliveries for Victoria, opting to “enjoy” the twilight of his career.

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Having burst onto the scene in late 2011, Pattinson, just weeks after teenage sensation Pat Cummins sent shivers down the spines of batsmen across the world after ripping through South Africa’s, turned up at The Gabba.

“If I was to be part of the Ashes, I would need to do myself and my team-mates justice,” he added.

“I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 percent fit and ready to go at any time.

“That would not be fair to myself or the team.”

Pattinson has struggled with back injuries in recent years and gradually been eclipsed by the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

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The native Melburnian said he hoped to now help “the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spend more time with my family”.

Praising Pattinson’s contribution to Australia, George Bailey – the chair of the Australian men’s national selection committee – said, “Everyone who has played with Patto has thrived on his competitive nature and the sheer pride he takes in playing for his country,” Bailey said.

“James epitomises what it means to play for Australia, the sacrifices you make and the hurdles you have to overcome on the journey. But his record speaks for itself, he has been a wonderful player. We would have loved to have seen a lot more of him over the years.”

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“They have instilled a lot of trust in me especially at times when I have been injured and helped me through those times. For that, I am very grateful.”

Pattinson finished with the impressive stats of 81 wickets at 26.33, with a strike rate of 48.90, across 21 Tests.


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