Pattinson confident of November return

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Australia fast bowler James Pattinson hopes to be ready for the return Ashes leg Down Under in November, saying he feels good now, after picking up another injury in England six weeks ago.

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson hopes to be ready for the return Ashes leg Down Under in November, saying he feels good now, after picking up another injury in England six weeks ago.

The paceman was sent home early after picking up a lower back injury during the first two Ashes Tests. He had also been ruled out early during the series against South Africa at the end of last year.

But the Victoria bowler says he has identified what keeps making him break down, and will be working with coaches and physios until November, where he will aim to be fit for the first Test in Brisbane.

Pattinson said: "I've looked at some video analysis of my action. There's a couple of things I can fix up there that could probably limit the stress that I put on my back.

"Bowling eight of the nine days that we played didn't help a lot. It's only six weeks now from when I injured it.

"It's coming along pretty good so far. I'm probably where I'm supposed to be at the moment. The pain's gone, which is a bonus.

"I'll be touch and go for Brisbane. I'm going to have to get my workload up for that month (November) during Shield cricket.

"I'll be putting my hand up to play every Test but the physios will have the final say. It probably hit me a bit harder this time, being over there and such an important series.

"It is a bit disappointing. You show character and move forward and it's another important series coming up."

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