We knew Pattinson wouldn't last for 4 tests: CA

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Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 12:46 [IST]
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We knew Pattinson wouldn't last: CA

Perth, Jan 10: Cricket Australia reveals that it was not really surprised by Pattinson's injury breakdown in the ongoing Test series against India as it did not him to last all the four matches without getting rest in between.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia's performance manager Pat Howard also said, it is good that Ryan Harris is ready to take over Pattinson's place in an unintended rotation of players.

"James was playing very, very well. We knew his workloads were high going into that Sydney Test," Howard was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"We knew he wasn't going to get through the whole of the series unless he got a rest somewhere. Knowing that Ryan would be fit for Perth there was the ability for Patto to be rested."

"Some may say it's unfortunate (Pattinson was injured), some may say it's fortunate he got to play in such a great game and Ryan is ready for the next one," he added.

Though he did mention that this is not how the Cricket Australia intends to go about the rotation policy. "On an individual basis I appreciate it's not perfect. On a collective basis and a planning basis we're actually quite happy how those guys (Harris and Mitchell Starc, who are in the squad for Perth) have got themselves back in reasonable condition," he said.

Pattinson's injury puts him in the existing list of injured bowlers which includes Shane Watson's calf injury, Doug Bollinger's hamstring and Mitchell Johnson's foot injury which did not allow them to play the game for a while now.

"The game is different now, we just have to embrace it and get better at it. We have to find ways of managing players better and managing injuries better and work around the schedules that are there," said Alex Kountouris, Aussie team physiotherapist.

With the new rotation policy, Aussies are able to come strong at any opposition unlike the tested and tried method that India follows, as dependency plays a vital role and members in the squad other than the strike bowlers hardly get a chance to play which makes them ineffective after they are tried at the international level.


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