Paceman Pattinson extends Renegades deal


Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has signed a new deal with the Melbourne Renegades, putting pen to paper on a contract that keeps him with the red half of the city for the next three years.

Pattinson has suffered from injuries over the years and only played four games for the Renegades in the most recent Big Bash League, but he's been in great form for Australia A, and has been picked for the first XI to play against England in the ODIs.

The paceman was excited about the prospect of getting proper time in the middle in the BBL, with their opening batting combination of Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch proving an enticing prospect.

Pattinson said on the CA website: "It’s going to be an exciting season for our fans with Gayle and Finchy in the top order.

"We have a good squad together with my Victorian teammate Cameron White also joining so we will definitely be looking at a finals position.

"From a personal point of view, I can't wait to bowl alongside Sidds (Peter Siddle), Bravo, Rimmo (Nathan Rimmington), Nick Winter and X (Xavier Doherty)."

Renegades and Bushrangers coach David Saker, the former England bowling coach, said in June that he had full faith in Pattinson's talents, for franchise and country.

He said: "James is a special sort of talent and we've got to try and get him on the park, not just for Victoria but for Australia.

"If he gets on the park he’s one of the best bowlers in the world. He’s had some injury dramas as most fast bowlers do, but we can sort that out."