Former Australian world cup winner and coach, Darren Lehmann has backed Australian pacer James Pattinson to make a return in the Australian side after being away from the national team for a period of more than 2 years.
Though the primary focus of the cricket fraternity is on the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, Lehmann believes the series soon to follow after the world event will be of utmost importance as well, as the much hyped Ashes season in England awaits.
Lehmann feels that having Pattinson against England will solidify Australia’s bowling options, as the pacer is edging to have a go, with his last appearance coming against the Kiwis in 2016.
“Pattinson’s the one I really want to see go. His record is unbelievable (in) County Cricket… so I think he does go. He’s one bowler that can really perform (in England),” Lehmann was quoted saying.
“As long as he’s fit. He’s coming back from injury, as long he plays the last bit of Shield cricket and gets through I’ve got him in my touring squad.”
“As long as he’s fit. He’s coming back from injury, as long he plays the last bit of Shield cricket and gets through I’ve got him in my touring squad,” he added.
The 28 year old Pattinson has been a part of 17 Tests, 15 ODIs and 4 T20Is for Australia while scalping 89 wickets in them all together.
Having played county cricket in England for Northamptonshire, Pattison spoke about the assistance he got from his team mate Stuart Broad, which has helped him a great deal in his technique and mindset.
“(Broad) was saying that he doesn’t try and swing the ball at all in England – it just naturally swings and he just worries about trying to put it on that length,” the right-arm pacer mentioned.
Pattinson was seen participating in his first First-Class game last November, after which he had to undergo a surgery to the back.
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