NOTTS GET PATTINSON
The Australian quick replaces fellow Victorian Peter Siddle, who was ruled out with an injury last week. © Getty
As widely reported earlier this week, Nottinghamshire have finally signed Australian fast bowler James Pattinson on Friday (March 17), as their overseas player for the first part of the 2017 season after fellow Victorian Peter Siddle was ruled out through injury.
Pattinson, 26, will join Notts at the start of the county season and will play in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and the County Championship competitions before his stint ends in June. His older brother Darren, who played one Test for England in 2008 thanks to a British passport, also played for Nottinghamshire and won the Championship with the county in 2010.
Highly regarded for his ability to consistently bowl over 90mph, the younger Pattinson has played 17 Tests for Australia, taking 70 wickets at 26.15 including four five-wicket hauls. He has also played 19 limited-overs games for his country but injuries have limited his appearances over the past two seasons and he has not represented Australia since the second Test against New Zealand over a year ago.
In recent times, however, he has been able to string together a series of games for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash and Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, and he is a good bet to play some part in next winter’s Ashes series. Confirming his return to fitness and form, Pattinson took 5 for 58 against Western Australia last week in Australia’s first-class competition.
“It’s a real shame for Peter [Siddle],” Nottinghamshire’s Head Coach Peter Moores said. “He’s worked hard to try and get himself fit so for him not to be available, everyone feels for him. As soon as James became available as a replacement, we knew he was a great option. He’s got real pace – and he’s very aggressive, which is the way we want to play our cricket.”
James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed,” added Moores. “Pace creates opportunities, so he gives us a wicket-taking option in both championship and 50-over matches. We’ve seen that from him when he’s played international cricket. That ability to open up sides on flat pitches is what we’re really looking at. That’s the kind of thing that wins you games.”