Pre-injury purple patch keeps Pattinson driven

Injured Australia fast bowler James Pattinson said the rich vein of form he was in prior to suffering a stress fracture in his back keeps him motivated.

The quick admits that he considered quitting the game after the latest in a long string of injuries cut him down.

Pattinson told “I think that’s the thing that keeps me driven [his form].

“If I was struggling to get wickets and play you’d almost contemplate giving it away with the setbacks that I’ve had.

“But I think because when I’ve come back and I’ve done really well it’s (given me) a bit of hope that one day I might be right and I can have a good run at it.

“I know that now when I do play, I can compete and do really well and I think that’s the big thing – that I can contribute to winning games of cricket.

“If I can get my back right I’ll be right but, let’s wait and see.”

Pattinson had a great winter spell with Nottinghamshire the county his brother Darren played for.

His older brother played one Test for England and enjoyed a long first class career.

Pattinson added: “It was a great experience, obviously the cricket over there is a bit different, it’s a little bit more relaxed because they play a lot more.

“The big thing for me was getting to somewhere my brother played a lot of his cricket. He played a lot of games in Nottingham and it was a great chance for me to play a fair bit of cricket which I hadn’t played.

“Playing in different conditions, playing with a different bunch of guys was really good too and it was almost one of the best experiences I’ve had in my cricket career.”

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Pattinson tipped fellow quick Pat Cummins to have a big impact in this summer’s Ashes series which gets underway on November 23 in Brisbane.

He said: “As fast bowlers you have a lot of setbacks and it seems like one of us is always injured while the other ones are up and going.

“Patty has had a great couple of years now so it’s really good to see him getting on the scene and doing really well after having a lot of troubles early on.

“It’s pleasing for me to see him doing so well.

“He was really impressive in Bangladesh the way he bowled on pretty lifeless wickets, bowled with really good pace.

“He’s just a fierce competitor who loves a contest so I think he’s probably one that will shine during the Ashes.”