In what would come as a shocking development for Australian cricket, fast bowler James Pattinson has decided to take retirement from the longest format of the game, The Australian reported. He has communicated his decision to the national selectors about his unavailability for the upcoming home season including an Ashes series.
Pattinson’s career has gone through an 'on and off path' due to recurrent injuries and rising stocks of other pace bowlers in the Australian camp. Pattinson made his Test debut way back in 2011 against New Zealand in Brisbane and started his career on high against India later that summer. His last Test appearance came against the Blackcaps in early 2020 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In his 10-year long career, Pattinson has managed to play only 21 Tests where he has taken 81 wickets at 26.33 apiece and a strike rate of 48.90.
Pattinson’s retirement from the format will contemplate the team management led by Justin Langer and Time Paine in case they will need to strengthen the pace department after the trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.