Pattinson eyes English stint on road to Ashes

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James Pattinson is eyeing a stint in English county cricket in a bid to have himself fortified for next summer’s Ashes series.
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Pattinson, 26, is still being managed carefully in his return from back and leg injuries and will continue on a pre-planned program when he spearheads Victoria’s attack against Western Australia in a crucial Sheffield Shield clash in Alice Springs, beginning on Wednesday.

He may then sit out the final regular-season Shield clash, against Queensland at Allan Border Field, and return for the final, should the Bushrangers make it.

It’s understood Cricket Australia initially had reservations about Pattinson heading to England over winter, keen to keep a close eye on his progress. However, Pattinson is of the belief that issue has been all but settled, and he is now considering his county options.

He is keen to keep bowling, believing this is the best way to keep his body supple and able to deal with the rigours that come with the toughest craft in the sport.

When fit, the former Test quick remains a major weapon for Australia. The national selectors had left open the opportunity of another fast bowler joining the Indian tour after this week’s second Test, but Pattinson would now appear unlikely to do so. He could yet be in the running for the Champions Trophy tournament in England from June, while there is also a two-Test tour of Bangladesh in August and September.

The primary aim is to have Pattinson and Pat Cummins, the latter set to play his first Shield match in almost six years, fit and ready to add to his 17 Tests (70 wickets at 26.15) during the home Ashes campaign.

Pattinson claimed 3-87 in his lone innings with the ball against the Warriors in Perth last week.

There is much at stake for the top-of-the-table Bushrangers at their second home this week, as they seek to atone for a humbling innings-and-38-run defeat.

Victory could secure a home final in Alice Springs but defeat to the surging Warriors – seeking a fourth-straight win – could see the Bushrangers slip to fifth.

The Bushrangers will need to find a way to curb the influence of fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, who finished the Perth clash with 14-89, the ninth-best haul in the 125-year history of the Shield.

??? Brad Hodge has opted to pull out of contention to fill the vacant head coaching role with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. Interviews were held on Friday but Hodge, 42, decided not to attend, in part because he cannot sign a binding contract as a player because of the embargo in place as CA and the Australian Cricketers Association haggle over a new memorandum of understanding. He had expressed interest in being captain-coach.

However, Hodge, told he was no longer wanted by Adelaide Strikers despite being their captain and best batsman, is keen to keep playing in the BBL, and could yet do so with the Hurricanes once the embargo is lifted. It’s understood the Melbourne Renegades have not yet ruled him out.

It’s understood former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is a strong candidate for the Hurricanes coaching role, while Indian great Rahul Dravid and South African great Jacques Kallis have been linked to the job.

New Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins had recruited Kallis to the Sydney Thunder during his rebuild of that franchise, leading to the 2015-16 championship. Cummins did not wish to comment about Kallis and Dravid when contacted on Monday.

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