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Pattinson aims to play Pakistan, New Zealand Tests as he savours rare run of fitness
Pattinson savours rare run of fitness

Pattinson aims to play Pakistan, New Zealand Tests as he savours rare run of fitness

James Pattinson is aiming to play back-to-back Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand this summer as he is relishing a rare run of fitness.

Pattinson, whose career has been plagued by injuries, was a part of Australia’s Ashes campaign that retained the urn in England.

His workload was carefully managed by Australia’s think tank as he featured in first and third Test and was rested for second and fourth. He was available for the last Test but couldn’t break into the playing XI.

Pattinson’s state side Victoria will face Queensland at the MCG as the Test squad is likely to be announced on Thursday.

"I think the next process for me if I do get a chance in the Test arena is trying to play more back-to-back cricket now," Pattinson said. "I think [being rested] was more being out of the team and coming back after three years.

According to the Victorian quick, he was relieved to head home after the Ashes without going under any sort of rehabilitation process.

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“It’s fantastic - when I got back from England, I didn’t know what to do,” he said while speaking to the reporters in Melbourne.

“I’d usually be nursing a stress fracture or something like that. “So to rock up and have four days off and bowl again, ‘what’s this all about?’.

“Just things like that, where you pinch yourself a little bit and think ‘oh, this is good’ - things are starting to line up a little bit.” The aim now is more back-to-back Tests.

Fellow Australian quick Jason Behrendorff recently underwent spinal surgery in a bid to end his recurring lower back injury. Pattinson says he is in contact with Behrendorff and advised him to stay patient throughout this process.

"I think probably not to rush it in the early stages. For me, I was able to take a bit longer because there wasn't a lot of cricket on. I gave it that initial time to heal.

“When you have the surgery, they pack it full of new bone. They take a bone graft and pack it around there so you want it to bind together and one thing I tried to do was pretty much try and sit on the couch for 10 weeks.”