Australia fast bowler James Pattinson says he is on track for a Test return against India, after recovering from a rib injury that kept him off the field since the South African series in November.

The paceman had returned to action for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, and then travelled to India with the Test squad, where he bowled in the warm-up match against an Indian Board XI.

Pattinson said: "It's fantastic to be back out there after a bit of a layoff. Playing Test cricket is a fantastic thing to do, so being away from that has been a bit disappointing.

"My comeback to cricket has been pretty good. I've managed to play a Shield game and get a lot of bowling in grade cricket and the (tour) game just gone.

"It is different conditions over here and a lot tougher on the body, but I'm feeling pretty good at the moment."

Pattinson went on to say he relished the challenge of getting back in the side, and wasn't unhappy with the emergence of Jackson Bird, joining veterans Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle in the ranks.

He added: "Jackson Bird has come in and done really well, and Mitch Johnson's back. I think it's fantastic we've got so many coming through and available at the one time.

"The competition for spots is a lot higher and it makes you work harder to get that spot."