Pattinson happy with rotation policy
James Pattinson takes the wicket of Gautam Gambhir. Photo: Getty Images
Fast bowler James Pattinson believes Cricket Australia has the best interests of its young quicks at heart and says he is prepared to be rotated for Test matches until his body matures.
His comments follow the news from CA that its sports science data indicated Pattinson would break down during last summer's Sydney Test but decided to take the risk.
He was to be rested for the next Test anyway but ended up missing two months with a foot injury.
CA has indicated it will rotate Australia's exciting young fast bowlers, including Pat Cummins and Mitch Starc, until they reached the magic age of 25, from which their bodies can handle more work.
"I can definitely see where they're coming from. As a fast bowler you don't want to miss games but there's so much cricket all over the world now, Twenty20 and Test cricket is getting more and more. We are a pretty young bowling side and we don't want to get burnt out too early. As much we want to play we do listen to them, they really have us in their best interests," Pattinson said ahead of Victoria's first Ryobi Cup and Sheffield Shield games in Perth.
"The way they are doing it now is very good and that will hold us in good stead come three or four years once we reach that age of 25 and our bodies are more mature.
"They have plans in place, we spoke about that at the Darwin camp, and they are looking after us."