James Pattinson, Shaun Marsh and David Warner celebrate after Pattinson takes the wicket of Virat Kohli.SYDNEY – Australian quick James Pattinson has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series against India due to a left foot injury.
Pattinson reported pain in his foot during India’s second innings of Australia’s innings and 86-run win at the SCG.
The 21-year-old was taken for X-rays and scans shortly after the end of the second Test yesterday where he was cleared of stress fractures but it was revealed that he had developed the early stage of stress-related bone trauma on his left metatarsal.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the Victorian right-armer, who has taken 25 wickets since making his Test debut against New Zealand in Brisbane, would probably have been rested for the Perth Test regardless of his injury status.
Pattinson becomes the second young quick to fall foul of a foot injury with New South Wales teenager Patrick Cummins ruled out of the entire summer after injuring his heel in his stunning Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Queensland paceman Ryan Harris is now all but certain to come into the Test line-up after missing every Test this summer in his own recovery from injury.
NSW left-armer Mitchell Starc, who featured in both Tests against New Zealand but has yet to feature in the Indian series, will come into the squad for the third Test as Pattinson’s replacement.
“This young man has played in four Test matches over a period of just five weeks,” Inverarity said of Pattinson.
“This intention to rest Pattinson has become a necessity after post-match scans have revealed James’s foot injury.”
Australian physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the paceman would be managed for the “next few weeks” and ruled him out of the remainder of the series.
Pattinson’s omission is the only change from the squad which defeated India in Sydney, with all-rounder Shane Watson still not deemed fit enough to be considered for selection.
Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin, Ed Cowan, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
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