Australian fast bowler James Pattinson admits he may have pulled the baggy green for the last time.
Aussie fast bowler James Pattinson admits his Test career could be over if he doesn’t break back into the national squad for the upcoming Ashes.
Since February 2016, Pattinson has made just four Tests for Australia, the most recent being against New Zealand in January last year.
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Since then, the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have kept him from adding to his 21 Test appearances.
Pattinson did not appear in the Australian Test side last summer, having been overlooked for selection in the first two Tests against India before suffering a rib injury for the third.
He took five wickets in the 2019 Ashes and admits the selection panel for the follow-up series could decide his test future.
“This year, if I’m honest, it’s probably one of my last cracks,” the 31-year-old told cricket.com.au.
“I’m going to try and play in the Ashes and see how I go.”
Pattinson said that while the end could be near, he intended to approach Ashes roster in a “relaxed” manner.
“This year is a big year for me, if I can break in and try to get a chance at the test level,” he said.
“If not, I probably wouldn’t mind trying to enjoy my cricket somewhere at the end of my career.
“I go into it pretty relaxed and try to say, ‘You have one last shot at playing test cricket and getting it right.’
“I would just like to play cricket consistently wherever that may be.”
If the cards don’t fall in his favor, Pattinson isn’t ruling out announcing his retirement from international cricket, but says he’ll “cross that bridge when it comes down to it”.
“There’s only so much you can take when you’re on the doorstep. And before you know it, you’re 34 or 35 and you’ve missed a lot of cricket and missed opportunities elsewhere,” he said.