James Pattinson signs two year deal with Brisbane Heat
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Australian pacer James Pattinson has signed a two-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the next edition of the Big Bash League, which is Australia's premier domestic T20 competition.
The club confirmed the news on Wednesday, March 21.
"I'm looking forward to working with Dan and playing alongside Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn and the rest of the boys," he said after being selected. "I'm grateful for the opportunities I have had with the Renegades, and before them the Stars, and I thank them for the great support they have provided me over the seasons.
"But joining the Heat represents a fresh start and one I am really looking forward to. The Heat get fantastic support at their home games and that will be a buzz to be a part of again. I'm feeling very good physically after the surgery and I'm looking forward to getting back into some bowling during the winter," he continued.
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Pattinson has constantly been injured and was left out of the Ashes squad as well. He suffered four stress fractures on his back and has not played a single match since July last year.
He underwent a surgery in New Zealand and is close to attaining full fitness as of now.
Pattinson made his debut for Australia back in 2011 but has not featured in too many matches over the years. He last played for the Kangaroos in February 2016.
He has played only four T20Is for Australia and has picked up three wickets.
The dates for the next Big Bash League have not been confirmed yet but it will most likely begin at the end of this year.
Pattinson is a great addition to the squad and he will hope to make a huge impact in the tournament. He will hope to stay fit throughout the tournament and help the Brisbane Heat lift the trophy.
He will also hope to make a comeback to the national squad, after not having played a match for them since early 2016.Published 21 Mar 2018, 11:19 IST