Pattinson ruled out of South Africa series

Adelaide, Nov 25 (IANS) Pace bowler James Pattinson will miss Australia's remaining four Tests this season with a side strain, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a release Sunday.

Pattinson failed to complete his over and left the field for scans on a side strain during Saturday's third day's play of the second Test here against South Africa.

The 22−year−old, playing his seventh Test, will take no further part in Australia's remaining Test against the Proteas in Perth and the three−Test home series against Sri Lanka.

Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "James Pattinson sustained a left lower rib injury, similar to a 'side strain' on day three of the Test which will effectively rule him out of contention for the remaining Tests this summer.

"Whilst side strains are not uncommon in bowlers, James' injury involves some damage to the end of the rib and will need further investigation at the completion of this Test to determine the best course of management and the time frame to return to bowling."

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