Saker raises concerns over Pattinson recall

Australia

James Pattinson's state coach, David Saker, has suggested Australia have recalled the fast bowler to the Test squad prematurely.

Pattinson, who has not played the longest form of the international game since March 2014, has been included in the 13-man collective for the historic day-night Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval later this month.

"I would have concerns if they produced another wicket like they did in the week just gone. If he's in the field for a really long period of time and bowling spells I'm not sure he's ready for that yet," Saker told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, retired from international cricket earlier this week. The 34-year-old ended a sterling career with 313, 239 and and 38 Test, ODI and T20I wickets respecitvely.

"I think their hand's been forced a little bit by what happened to Mitch. I hope he goes well but I'm a little bit concerned he's underdone," added Saker.

"He hasn't got any history of putting lots of games together. When you don't have that you've always got questions, I'll always doubt people who can't play four or five Shield games in a row – how can they get through two or three Test matches?"

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