Bowlers will pick specific formats due to workload: Pattinson

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James Pattinson underwent a surgery last November and is hopeful of making a comeback soon. © Getty

James Pattinson, the injured Australian quick, has noted that with three formats in place, it has become difficult for a fast bowler to manage the heavy workload, and as a result, bowlers would be looking at sticking to specific formats in the days to come to prolong their careers.

 

Pattinson capsulised the point by observing that England use their veteran pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad exclusively for Test matches, with the likes of Liam Plunkett, David Willey and co. mainly taking part in limited overs. “I think we’ll see the game move now where you’re going to have (bowlers picking formats),” he said. “England do it well with their bowlers, they’ve got specialist one-day players, and you see Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson just playing Test cricket, and that seems to do quite well for them. I think with the amount of cricket you’ve got now, with all three formats… you’ll probably see bowlers will probably stick to the one format, or not as much one-day stuff,” he added.

On the personal front, Pattinson is hopeful of making a comeback from a serious back injury. In November last year, his problematic infirm vertebra was fused with screws and bound with wires by two specialists from New Zealand – Grahame Inglis and Rowan Schouten. The pacer, who was in splendid form during his County stint for Nottinghamshire, bagging 32 scalps at just 12.06, had to miss out on the series versus Bangladesh and the entire home summer, including the Ashes.

“I never doubt my ability in getting back there – obviously it’s just the history with injuries. That’s the thing, whether I can get back. It’s pretty hard, Test cricket bowling. Whether my body allows me, I will be doing everything I possibly can to get back there.

“I think I pretty much got it right last time, I probably just bowled for a bit too long,” he said. “I got through a year and then with the Bangladesh series (approaching), I was straight back into bowling. It’s just about being smart about when there’s opportunities to have a bit of a rest – feet up and go again, rather than just trying to go all year round. You see our three quicks who have had a pretty big summer and they’ve succumbed to that, so it’s really hard,” he noted.

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