Pattinson not anticpating quick Test return

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will return to grade cricket in the coming weeks, but feels a Test comeback is probably not realistic this home summer.

Pattinson has been out of action with stress fractures in his shin and lower back, and is aiming to play in the Big Bash League at the end of the year.

Pattinson said on the CA website on Monday: “I’m back bowling now and I’m off my long run next week.

“I’ll play grade cricket in the next couple of weeks and see how I go from there.

“If not Shield, then I’ll definitely be right to go for the start of the Big Bash.

“I haven’t ruled out international cricket this summer.

“Tests are probably off the cards but definitely one-dayers I’m open to if I’m bowling well enough and they want to play me.”

Despite his repeated injury woes, Pattinson refuses to get down-hearted, and says he will keep working towards his goal of playing more Tests.

He added: “I’m in a good position still, I just turned 26 and I’ve played close to 20 Tests already. I’ve still got long time ahead of me hopefully.

“I get inspiration from Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, who had the same sorts of injuries and came back to play 70-odd Tests for Australia.

“It’s easy to stay positive because I’m a pretty upbeat kind of guy.”