Former Australian paceman James Pattinson has “mutually terminated” the final year of his contract with the state to manage his workload and spend more time with his young family.
Pattinson, who took 81 wickets in his 21 Tests, will take an ‘extended break from the game’ after announcing his retirement from international cricket in October last year.
He also parted ways with the Melbourne Renegades in June with one year remaining on his contract with the Big Bash League franchise.
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Last month, the 32-year-old was released by Nottinghamshire to the English County Championship at his own request, citing fitness and family reasons.
And although Pattinson hasn’t officially hung up his boots, the talented bowler has come one step closer to retirement by cutting ties with Cricket Victoria.
But according to CODE Sports journalist Paul Amy, Pattinson will continue to ply his trade for Dandenong at Victorian Premier Cricket this summer.
“This decision was very difficult for me given how much I love playing for Victoria and have given it my all over the past 14 years,” Pattinson said in a statement.
“After the birth of our second child and my now well-documented injuries over the past few years, it’s a good time to take a break from the game. I owe it to myself and my teammates and at the moment it’s clear that I need some rest. It will also allow me to spend more time at home with our daughters.
“Some of my fondest memories playing cricket have been for Victoria, the success we’ve had and the friendships I’ve made. The fire still burns deep inside me, but I’m also honest about where I stand. am.
Pattinson made his Victorian debut in November 2008, taking 161 wickets at 24:00 in 45 Sheffield Shield games.
He won three Sheffield Shield titles with Victoria in 2014/15, 2016/17 and 2018/19.
Pattinson took five wickets on his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011, later helping Australia retain the Ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 19 years in 2019.
“As his team-mates and opposing batters will attest, James has been one of the fiercest competitors in Australian cricket,” said Graham Manou, Cricket Victoria’s chief cricket performance manager, in a statement.
“He has an ability to inspire his teammates combined with his exceptional level of skill, that’s something we will miss.
“We wish James the best of luck as he takes this time to put his family and his health first. James knows he will always be welcome at the CitiPower Center and that we will continue to support him as he transitions into life at beyond cricket.
Pattinson has been plagued with frustrating injury setbacks throughout his stellar 14-year career, hitting multiple times with stress fractures in his lower back and undergoing a spinal fusion in 2017.
“He’s been through so much in his career, he has to play in pain a lot and it wears you down,” Victorian coach and former Australia team-mate Chris Rogers said last year.
“We’ve known that for a little while. We’ve been watching it up close this pre-season. When you have a big caged lion in the dead of winter in the inner center trying to get motivated, you can feel that something is a little missing.
“When you have that kind of personality, doing a pre-season is not what they want. Having not played any games for a long time, that’s what gets him out of bed.
Meanwhile, Victoria have announced a 13-man squad for their Marsh Cup season opener against the New South Wales Blues in Melbourne.
The team is led by a plethora of international talent, including captain Peter Handscomb, Scott Boland, Marcus Harris and Will Pucovski, who scored an unbeaten 193 against the New South Wales second XI last week.
“It’s an exciting time as we approach our first games of the season and we’re delighted to be able to name a strong squad for these first two games,” said Cricket Victoria’s new men’s cricket manager, David Hussey.
“We saw fantastic development from some of our young players at the Marsh Cup last summer and we will now be looking to them to build on those experiences this season.
“We have seen outstanding performances throughout our pre-season and our second game of the XI, which tells us that we are ready to go.”
The Marsh Cup contest between Victoria and New South Wales kicks off at Junction Oval on Friday morning at 10:05 p.m. AEST.
Originally published as ‘The fire still burns deep’: Former Australian paceman James Pattinson terminates state contract