James Pattinson, the fast bowler from Brisbane Heats, will miss the remainder of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) with a side strain. Meanwhile, Pattinson suffered the injury during Heat’s eight-wicket defeat to Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba on Thursday. Scans yesterday confirmed the injury and Pattinson has traveled with the Heat to Melbourne for their return clash with the Renegades tomorrow in Geelong.

The 28-year-old made a strong comeback this season after suffering injuries since 2017. His bowling in the BBL has been fast and furious, earning him four wickets in five T20 matches at an economy rate of 6.76. He was also impressive in the Sheffield Shield, picking nine wickets from four first-class games.

The injury not only upsets Heat’s plans but also Australia’s, as James Pattinson was on the radar of the selectors to come back into the Test side after Australia’s insipid bowling display against India. Last year, Pattinson in a chat with cricket.com.au, admitted that his main aim to be in the 2019 Ashes squad along with the pace trio. This injury will certainly hurt his plans.
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To not have been available to play in a Test series together so far is a bit disappointing,” Pattinson told cricket.com.au in October.

We always talk about how good it would be to play together, so that’s another driving factor, to get up back with them. You hear the media talk about the ‘Big Three’ and you think, two years ago it was the ‘Big Four’. You think about how good that bond could be if we could get it all together, and we could rotate through Test matches.

At the moment for me that looks a long way away, but if I can string together a few Shield games before the Big Bash starts, then who knows?” he concludes.

Brisbane Heat squad (updated):

Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Brendon McCullum, James Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman