Australia vs India: The hosts senior pacer James Pattinson has been ruled out of the third test match due to the bruised ribs, Cricket Australia informed on Monday in the press release.
The third test between Australia and India is scheduled from 7th January to 11th January at Sydney Cricket Ground. The Indian team was reported to have reached the destination in the meantime.
“Australian pacer James Pattinson will not be available for the third Sydney Test match between Australia and India due to bruised ribs,” Cricket Australia said on Monday.
It is learned that the pacer fell in his home that caused him some injuries in his ribs. The replacement is yet not called and Cricket Australia will assess things further.
No replacement for Pattinson:
“He will not be replaced in the squad and will be assessed further ahead of the Brisbane Test match,” CA added.
With James Pattinson getting rest as he is injured for the third test match of the four-match series, Michael Neser has only all-rounder Sean Abbott to compete with. Neser was seen a couple of times in the field during the second Melbourne Test as the substitute fielder.
Pattinson was seen in action against India in the last practice game between India A and Australia A. He then took three wickets from his side.
The speedster has amassed 81 scalps in his 21 outings in Test Cricket for Australia with an average of 26.33. He last featured against New Zealand during the series.
James Pattinson was not the part of the playing XI for Australia in the first two test matches and was unlikely to break into the final XI in the Sydney Test as the combination of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon has done well for the Aussies in the past.
ALSO READ: Australia vs India: India do not want to play at Brisbane as no one wins there besides Aussies, says Brad Haddin
ALSO READ: Australia vs India: Team India tested negative in the latest RT-PCR testings