James Pattinson puts all his eggs into the Ashes basket


The quick bowler has not played for Australia in more than a year and has spent a lot of time in hubs

Australia quick bowler James Pattinson concedes he’s a long shot to make the squad for the T20 World Cup in India in October and November but has his eyes firmly fixed on playing in his third Ashes series at the end of the year.

Pattinson, 30, is a fearsome strike bowler at his best but back injuries and Australia’s fast-bowling depth have conspired to restrict him to 21 Tests since he made his debut a decade ago.

He was reduced to tears when a back stress fracture ended his first Ashes campaign after two Tests in England in 2013 and he underwent spinal fusion surgery four years later in desperate attempt to fix the recurrent problem.

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