Ashes 2013: James Pattinson ruled out of remaining Tests

James Pattinson
Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will miss the rest of the Ashes series against England after suffering a stress fracture of the lower back.
The 23-year-old complained of soreness in his hip and back at the end of the second Test at Lord's.
Cricket Australia confirmed Pattinson would miss the rest of the tour after a scan revealed the extent of the injury.

Pattinson at 2013 Ashes in England

  • First Test, Trent Bridge: 3/69, 2; 2/101, 25 not out
  • Second Test, Lord's: 1/95, 10 not out; 1/42, 35
"Unfortunately he will not take any further part in this Test series," said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner.
"Scans have identified an early stage low back stress fracture.
"He will commence a rehabilitation programme with the aim to have him back for the Australian summer."
The tourists say they have no immediate plans to call up a replacement for Pattinson, which could mean a recall for Mitchell Starc.
Starc was left out of the side which was thrashed by 347 runs by England at Lord's on Sunday.
James Faulkner and Jackson Bird are also available as back-up to frontline seamers Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris.
Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chadd Sayers are among those who could potentially be called up from the Australia A squad currently playing in South Africa.

Ashes results/schedule

1st Test: England won by 14 runs, Trent Bridge
2nd Test: England won by 347 runs, Lord's
3rd Test: 1-5 August, Old Trafford
4th Test: 9-13 August Chester-le-Street
5th Test: 21-25 August, The Oval
Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard said: "While we are obviously disappointed for James, the selectors have five bowlers fit and ready to perform in England, providing them with many options.
"It is also important to note that several players have been performing for Australia A and are available to be called up at any stage if the national selection panel [requires] them."
Pattinson took seven wickets in the two Tests at a cost of 307 runs, and almost helped Australia pull off an unlikely Trent Bridge victory with a gritty 25 not out in a thrilling climax to the first Test.

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