Pattinson hoping to make speedy return

Pink fit ... James Pattinson poses with a pink ball ahead of the first ever day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval, starting next Friday. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.
Pink fit ... James Pattinson poses with a pink ball ahead of the first ever day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval, starting next Friday. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.

AUSTRALIAN paceman James Pattinson is just happy to be back in the Australian squad, so if he misses out playing in the third Test against New Zealand he won't exactly be shattered.

Pattinson was included in a 13-man squad for the final Test of the Trans-Tasman series in Adelaide, starting next Friday.

The 25-year-old played the last of his 13 Tests against South Africa in March 2014, and has worked hard to overcome chronic back and hamstring issues since.

He said getting picked in the squad first of all was part of his overall plan on regaining his devastating form with the ball, after the retirement of Mitchell Johnson opened up an opportunity for him.

Pattinson has been in good form for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, taking eight wickets from two games.

"I'm just rapt to be in the squad," he said.

"If I don't get selected so be it - I'll just keep pushing my name forward.

"I feel like I'm hitting the bat pretty hard and the ball's coming out well."

Despite his modesty, the 25-year-old promised he won't play with any fear of suffering another injury.

"People who know me know that I go 100 miles an hour all the time ... if I get injured I get injured," he said.

"All I can do is prepare the best I can ... go out there and whatever happens happens."

Meanwhile, Australian coach Darren Lehmann indicated he would strongly consider going with a second spinner - left-arm tweaker Steve O'Keefe - to partner Nathan Lyon at the Adelaide Oval.

Lehmann said O'Keefe's first-class form under lights with a pink ball at the venue - 18 wickets at an average of 18.22 - helped his case for a recall.

"We'll wait until we see the wicket ... but we're seriously looking at (playing two spinners)," Lehmann said.

- JOSH SPASARO


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