Despite his undeniable talent, Australian pacer James Pattinson hasn’t quite hit the heights that were expected of him. Mainly down to injuries, the Aussie quick is mow to undergo a major back surgery.
The paceman is set to go to New Zealand for fixing ghe recurring stress fractures that have plagued his career and ended his Ashes hopes this summer. Pattinson and Cricket Australia (CA) medical staff are in discussions with New Zealand specialists, including the surgeon who successfully salvaged former New Zealand quick Shane Bond’s career.
CA’s sports science chief Alex Kountouris said, “The procedure would involve a graft from the 27-year-old’s hip being fused to the problematic vertebrae with screws and/or wire. Stabilise the area, like having a cast on your foot. There’s a few tests we have to do to see if he’s a good candidate. There’s a lot of people in Australia who do this surgery, it’s reasonably common but none of them have included any fast bowlers that have come back to the elite level”.
Stress fractures have been a common thing for an Australian attack constantly fighting the injury plague. However, Pattinson’s issues are the most complicated and serious with four of his previous stress fractures being in the same spot. Alex added, “It’s always better to do things without surgery than with surgery because of the inherent risk of any operation. We have some surgical options with James because of the complexity of his case.” Pattinson absolutely burst onto the scene with 70 wickets off just 17 tests but last appappeared ij 2016 for the longest format Aussie side.
Talking about Aussie pacers, Alex said, “Our goal is to get them to the first Test and there’s no set goal beyond that. With Pat there’s nothing wrong with him, we just know that in this series if he plays all five Tests he’s doubled the amount of matches he’s played in his Test career. So it’s uncharted territory for him.”