Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket.
The 31-year-old victorian has made the decision to step away from international cricket to focus on family, playing for his state and helping develop the next generation of fast bowlers. Here it is worth mentioning that Pattinson had recently suffered a knee injury during an intra-squad Victorian trial game
“Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack but in the end I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season,” Pattinson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au in a statement.
“If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my teammates justice. I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time. That would not be fair to myself or the team.
“It was then I felt that instead of trying to play at the very highest level, knowing I have only got three or four years of cricket left, I would focus more on Victoria, helping the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spending more time with my family.”
Pattinson played 21 Test Matches, 15 ODIs and four T20 Internationals for Australia. He has played 76 first-class games for Victoria. The right-armer took 81 wickets at 26.33 in his Test career and has 302 wickets at 22.52 in first-class cricket.