Australian fast bowler Pattinson to miss IPL and possibly Champions Trophy with abdominal problem.
Australian bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of the IPL and possibly the Champions Trophy after being told he needs abdominal surgery.
Cricket Australia have described Pattinson’s issue as, “a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region.”
“His preparation for The Ashes is not expected to be affected but his availability for the ICC Champions Trophy will be determined at a later stage.”
The 22-year-old was expected to join up with IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the coming days, but with specialists stating he needs surgery immediately Pattinson will now be out for the whole Twenty20 tournament.
The bowler joins his Test captain Michael Clarke as the second Australian who has had to pull out of the competition through injury, after Clarke was ruled out with a back problem.
The Knight Riders played the first match in defence of their IPL title on Wednesday, beating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. Fellow Aussie paceman Brett Lee got a scalp for Kolkata with the first ball of the 2013 tournament.
Pattinson started his international career in 2011, playing in all three formats of the game in that year for Australia.
During his Test debut against New Zealand the then 20-year-old bowler took figures of 5-27 and was awarded the man of the match prize. Pattinson has since gone on to claim 40 wickets in 10 Test matches for Australia.
The fast bowler featured on Australia’s recent torrid tour of India, in which they were whitewashed 4-0, and was one of four players controversially suspended for the third Test in Mohali for not completing his homework.