James Pattinson got back to Nottinghamshire for four months for the 2019 season. The fast bowler, Pattinson will be playing a total for seven County Championship fixtures along with a one-day campaign that might put forward his name for the Ashes Test series. The Nottinghamshire director of cricket, Mick Newell entailed that his pace and international stature is what got him back to the County league.
Pattinson last played for Australia in 2016 which included the Test series against New Zealand. He has amassed a total of 229 wickets at 22.45 average in his first-class career which includes 119 wickets in ODI cricket as well. “I loved my time with Nottinghamshire in 2017. It will be great to join up with the lads again,” said Pattinson.
He furthered by saying, “I have special memories of my time with the club and the opportunity to call Trent Bridge my home is something I really value. I’m excited to get back on the field and helping the team chase a couple of titles.”
Pattinson wants to put his case further for the Ashes Test recall
Pattinson said that he played two Shield games and that helped him to improve his games. He said that the more games he play will make him achieve a better feat for himself right in time before the Ashes. “But it’s good just to string some games together. I’ve only played two (Shield) games, so it’s just about getting some games under my belt now and the more I play the better my rhythm will get,” he said.
I feel like him getting back my rhythm says Pattinson
Pattinson’s back surgery and side strain made him quit the BBL league and ended his Brisbane Heat campaign. He has just recovered from his injury and he wants to make most of his time so that he can be ready for the Ashes series.
“I feel like I’m finding it (rhythm) a bit quicker than I have in the past probably because I played a bit before Christmas and a bit of the Big Bash League as well. So, it’s just about playing as much cricket as I can leading up to my goal which is trying to get picked for the Ashes,” he said.
He furthered by saying, “I’ve missed a lot of cricket so the easy thing to do would be sit down and have another pre-season. But I’ve had plenty of those, so I need to play some cricket. I’ve only played two games here, so it looks like I might go there (to Notts) and play a bit and then hopefully get on that A-tour.”