Pattinson: We were too young for Tests

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Australia fast bowler James Pattinson feels he and fellow perpetually injured pacemen started playing Test cricket before they were ready, and is not looking to play for his country before the Ashes in 2015.

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson feels he and fellow perpetually injured pacemen started playing Test cricket before they were ready, and is not looking to play for his country before the Ashes in 2015.

Since making his debut nearly three years ago, Pattinson has played only 13 Tests, while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have played as many between them, all suffering from repeated lower back injuries.

Patto feels that they were not ready for the workloads required on the international stage, and is working with his coaches to make sure that when he does play for Oz again, it's for the long-term, and his action can hold up.

Pattinson told <i>Fairfax Media</i>: "We were thrown into Test cricket at a young age when we physically weren't ready for it. Our bodies have shown that now.

"Looking back on it, I would have loved ideally to have had a couple of seasons or a season playing Sheffield Shield where you can control your intensity a bit more.

"At my age and ability now I have to be going 100 per cent all the time to be successful in Test cricket, I can't taper off at all, otherwise I won't get the results. I'm not good enough to do that yet.

"Someone like Dale Steyn who has been around a lot, he can control it. When he's got the new ball in his hand he can bowl for a bit of swing.

"He picks his time when the ball is reversing to really step it up, because he's good enough. I probably won't master that until I get to 30."

He was not disheartened though, looking to Australia veterans Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris, who came back from injury at over 30 to star in the Ashes in England and at home.

Pattinson added: "Speaking to Mitch, it took him a good year, year-and-a-half to change his action to get it where he wanted it. The last few times I've been injured I've had series to come back for really quickly.

"I've got time now to get it right and by the time I am 25, 26, I can hopefully still have anywhere between eight and 10 years left to play Test cricket.

"I want to make sure I get it right now, being 24 and still young. The last thing I want to do is get to 26, 27 where I'm near my peak and it's coming back again.

"I want to be right for the 2015 Ashes. Any cricket I play (for Australia) before then is going to be a bonus."

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