Pattinson sets sights on next goal
A successful tour of England has the Australia quick hungry for more as a busy home summer looms
19 September 2019, 05:38 PM AEST
Fresh from a successful return to Australia's Test team and with the Ashes urn under his belt, James Pattinson has set his sights on playing all three formats for Australia this summer.
The Victorian spearhead played two Tests in Australia's drawn Ashes series in the UK that saw the team become the first in 18 years to retain the urn on foreign soil, and arrived home last night for a short break before he'll link up with Victoria's one-day squad for the Marsh Cup.
Pattinson will not play in Victoria's opening matches against Western Australia (Saturday) and Tasmania (Monday) at the WACA Ground, but could potentially feature in two matches against Queensland at Junction Oval on September 29 and October 1.
Pattinson's long road back to the Test side after radical surgery on his back has been well-documented and it was a three-and-a-half year absence from the Test side for the Victorian before he returned in the opening match of the series at Edgbaston.
"To play that first Test and get another at Headingley was extremely rewarding after a lot of hard work and a lot of hard times going through everything with my back to get back to Test cricket," Pattinson said.
"I was (pinching myself), when I first got picked in the Ashes quad I was pretty happy and when I got the nod for that first Test was special then to go on and win a pretty crucial test at Edgbaston where England haven't lost for a long while, to contribute to a winning team there was special as well.
"It's great just to be on the flight home fit and ready to go into a summer here, I can't wait to get stuck in with Victoria and hopefully Australia."
Pattinson said while being sidelined for the last two Ashes Test had been "disappointing" it allowed him to "freshen up and hit the ground running for this summer" with a return to Australia's limited overs side in his sights.
"If I can stay fit, stay strong, put in some good performances for Victoria and hopefully I can get picked in the One-day or Test team," Pattinson said. "Hopefully I can try and contribute in all formats for Australia.
"I got to do that by putting my hand up for selection and performing for Victoria first.
"Hopefully I'll have a really good summer, a really strong summer for whoever I'm playing for and it's just great to know I've been in England for five months with not many injuries.
"For me, with the back injury and surgery I've had, to get through that is a real tick and something I'm proud of."
Australia Test captain Tim Paine said he foresaw a "really exciting six months for James Pattinson coming up" with the 29-year-old Victorian expected to feature prominently in Australia's plans for the home summer.
"We think our home conditions suit (Pattinson) really well, so we are excited," Paine said in England.
"We're going to have them fresh and ready to go for the home summer which is great.
"He is someone who we've been really pleased with what he's done in his return to Test cricket over here. He's bowling very, very well. He's going to be a huge asset for us going forward.
"We said from the start we want to make sure we look after him so he's got a lot more years in him of Test cricket.
"We can't wait to get him back to Australia and unleash him during the summer."