Sydney, Feb 27 (ANI): Australia's leading pace man James Pattinson, who performed brilliantly in the first Test against India in Chennai, could be rested for the next Test in Hyderabad with team hierarchy desperate not to risk the fast bowler breaking down again.
There is only a three-day turnaround until the second Test begins on Saturday, and Australia will consider what effect the rigours of the Chennai defeat had on the 22-year-old Victorian, who was making his international return from a lower rib injury suffered against South Africa in November, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
India completed an eight-wicket win here on Tuesday morning, successfully managing a 50-run chase after Australian debutant Moises Henriques was left stranded on 81 not out. The home side leads the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 1-0.
Pattinson, along with NSW all-rounder Henriques, was a leading light for Australia, claiming 5-96 in the first innings including five of India's top seven batsmen, and adding another in their brief second dig.
Pattinson is coming off what the team's high-performance staff regard as a low base, entering the first Test with only a Sheffield Shield appearance in January and a two-day tour game in Chennai, as well as a cameo in club cricket last month, the paper said.
After being used carefully by captain Michael Clarke earlier in the match Pattinson bowled only six overs in two full sessions on Saturday, but devastated the India top order in the process, the paper added.
The concern with Pattinson's workload is due to his previous breakdowns, as after starring against South Africa in Brisbane, he went down during the second Test in Adelaide, wiping him out for the rest of the international summer, the paper reported.
Selectors receive advice from the high-performance team on players' workloads and fitness before every match, and then make a decision, and therefore there is a probability the quick could be rested in the next Test. (ANI)