James Pattinson eligible to play for England after retirement from Australia Test cricket
In a major development, James Pattinson is all set to sign a three-year contract with England county side. The fast bowler is set to represent Nottinghamshire to make a real case for himself. Well, it is clear that his main intention is to play for the England cricket team.
The pacer announced his retirement from international cricket just a week ago. The fast bowler struggled with a spate of injuries in his career and that sidelined him from the national cricket team.
He has showcased his mettle in domestic first-class and the BBL. The Victoria fast bowler took 100 wickets in 40 appearances for the national team. His last test match appearance was against New Zealand in January 2020.
Meanwhile, the pacer has been sidelined with yet another injury just a couple of days into the start of the 2021 Sheffield Shield.“Leading into pre-season, I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack.
“But in the end, I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season. If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my teammates’ justice.
I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time. That would not be fair to myself or the team”, Pattinson told in his briefing.
James Pattinson expected to make England debut from January 2023
The fast bowler could have his say by playing in the Ashes one last time. The sources inform that Pattinson has been approached by Nottinghamshire to pen a three-year deal with the county side.
If Pattinson signs the contract, then he could be eligible to play for the England team by as early as January 2023. Meanwhile, the fast bowler will have to satisfy at least a three-year qualification criteria under the ICC laws.
Apart from that, an additional cool-off period advised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) so that he could be eligible for a local passport.
Recently, the ECB has been quite lenient with its criteria to some extent. This is because of the sole purpose of allowing more players to become part of the national cricket team.