Pattinson raring to go for Christchurch Test


James Pattinson says he is ready to come back into the Australia's team for the second Test against New Zealand after missing the first game due to sore shins.

The 25-year-old Pattinson is the frontrunner to replace seamer Peter Siddle, who will miss the match in Christchurch due pain in his back.

A fast bowler who has had numerous injuries over the last two years, Pattinson is confident he has overcome his shin soreness after having a long net session in Wellington last week.

Pattinson said in Christchurch on Thursday: "I got through a fair bit, I think I bowled close to 35 overs last week in the nets, which is a substantial amount in the nets.
"So I'm full of confidence now, knowing I can get through this game and it was pleasing – because in the nets I probably bowled the best I have over the last six months.
"I'm starting to feel really good with my action and physically I felt really good too. I've had sore shins for a while. With the grounds in Australia the wickets have been really hard.

"I've had sore shins for most of the year and it probably just got a little bit worse. So I think with shins it's just about managing them.

"If you do keep playing with them, they can turn into fractures, which is something I didn't want to happen. So it's about managing them and now I'm feeling really good."

Australia lead the two-match series one-nil and just need to avoid defeat at the Hagley Oval to go top of the world Test rankings.