James Pattinson rejoins Melbourne’s rebels

James Pattinson is back in Melbourne’s rebels.Photo: Wayne Ludby

Melbourne rebels were boosted by their push to recover from the horror BBL last summer by locking Testquick’s James Pattinson.

However, the revision of the summer schedule could affect the availability of Pattinson and others who returned to test cricket during last year’s ashes after undergoing spinal surgery in 2017.

The Victorian fire brand has taken the “great” form in the Indian Premier League with the Mumbai Indians after a late call to replace Sri Lanka’s great Lasis Maringa, winning nine wickets in seven games.

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However, national selection committee members are likely to choose an extended test team for a four-match series against India, and the final round may not start in Sydney until January 7.

Players will need to change their current quarantine restrictions to enter and leave the bubble, and Pattinson may not be available until the final stages of this year’s tournament.

However, the 30-year-old boy, who played with Renegade for five seasons before moving to Brisbane Heat, was happy to “return”.

“I love my time at Renegade and am excited to return to the club,” Pattinson said after signing a three-year contract.

“It may look a little different this season with a young family, but it’s nice to stay home in Melbourne all year round.

“We look forward to forming a strong combination with other bowlers and playing in front of passionate Renegade fans someday.”

James Pattinson was happy to take on Kevin Pietersen when they bumped into each other.Photo: Wayne Ludby
James Pattinson was happy to take on Kevin Pietersen when they bumped into each other.Photo: Wayne Ludby

Renegade won the BBL title in 2019/20, but last season ended last season under new coach Michael Klinger.

They lost star-all-rounder Dan Christian to the Sixers, but Klinger said returning Pattinson to the club was a bonus.

“At the top of his game,’Pat’ is one of the most destructive and fast bowlers in the game, and he poses a threat to us taking that wicket in power play,” Klinger said.

“His current form at IPL is great and shows that he can adapt to the bowl in all phases of the inning.

“We look forward to his aggression and positive attitude in our group and hopefully” Putt “will provide a platform for returning to the Australian white ball setup. I want it.

“This season, his range will depend on the composition of the test team, but at least he should be able to play in the back end of the tournament and finals.

“Alongside Kane Richardson, Pat offers us another world-class high-speed bowler.”

Renegade will continue to add to the team before the start of the BBL scheduled for early December, but may be postponed.

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Russell Gould is a senior sports writer at Herald Sun with nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of sports, from cricket to golf, rugby league, horse racing and AFL, writing both news and detailed features. .read more

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