The Australian fast bowler, James Pattinson, will not be able to play for his team Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) because of an abdominal problem. He will go through surgery in a couple of days and he might be unfit for the Champions Trophy as well.
Pattinson has become the second Aussie player to be ruled out of IPL because of injury. Before this, Michael Clarke was also ruled out because of back injury.
Talking to the reporters about the injury of Pattinson, the medical officer of Cricket Australia, Justin Paoloni said, “James Pattinson was having a bit of trouble in his abdomen on the tour of India. After returning home, he visited a few specialists and they said that the surgery is essential.”
“I can’t say at this point of time that how long he will take to recover. We are expecting that he will begin light training in 4-5 weeks after surgery.”
“His participation in the Ashes series is not in doubt at all, but, I can’t say whether he will be fit for the Champions Trophy. Once the surgery is done, only then, we can predict anything.”
Pattinson is a vital part of Australia’s inexperienced bowling line up and Michael Clarke would not want to go into the Ashes without him. Pattinson will be an ideal bowler in English conditions.
In the test series played in India recently, the conditions and the pitch were tough for the fast bowlers. But, even in those conditions, Pattinson had moved the ball and had taken a few wickets.
Pattinson has so far played 10 test matches for Australia and has taken 40 wickets. These numbers say that he is a wicket taker, but, he gets injured quite often which disturbs his rhythm.
There have been so many fast bowlers in the world whose career started with a bang, but, they couldn’t extend their career much because they were hit by successive injuries. Australia would definitely not want Pattinson to go on the same track.