Pattinson ready for ODI challenge

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Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 14:35 [IST]
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Pattinson likely to play tri-series

Melbourne, Jan 27: Aussie paceman James Pattinson, declares himself fit for the upcoming ODI series saying that he has recovered uicker than expected after he was ruled out of the last two tests against India due to a foot injury.

The lanky pacer, who was suffering from a stress-related foot injury, said he has started running again and will be fit for the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka, starting on February 5.

"I've been back doing swimming and bike riding and all that sort of stuff over the last three weeks, so I'll have a week of running and then I'll get back into bowling," Pattinson was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 21-year old has taken 25 wickets since his Test debut against New Zealand last month has given a green signal to Cricket Australia's rotation policy to preserve pacers.

"I think the way cricket's going now ... there's so much cricket being played all over the world. You look at IPL now and there are so many series on, that you probably have to (rotate).

"It's hard because you want to be playing every game. But I think bowlers are smart enough now to put their hand up and say, 'Look, I do need a rest'."

James Pattinson's return will boost the Aussie pace attack ahead of the tri series starting in the first week of February as they are already on cloud nine after winning the series 3-0 and on the brink of a series whitewash early on Saturday as they need to take 4 more wickets to win the Test match at Adelaide.


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