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Pattinson comeback on course

By Kim Hagdorn
14 January 2013 11:58AM EST

AUSTRALIAN cricket has mapped out a playing return for star young paceman James Pattinson ahead of this year's anticipated Ashes Test series against England.

The brilliant young speedster is recovering from agonising strained muscles in his ribs and national chairman of selectors John Inverarity revealed a planned return to one-day duty probably later this month.

Pattinson, 22, could resume with Australia's limited overs team and still make the Test tour of India in February and March well ahead of the Ashes series starting in England in July.

Pattinson has played seven Tests and has already snatched 31 wickets at an average of only 22 as well as making 11 limited-over international appearances.

The strike-force right-armer broke down with a serious side strain in the first innings of the Adelaide Second Test against South Africa almost two months ago.

He made his bowling comeback at the weekend in club cricket in his home town Melbourne with a prescribed eight-over workout and took 2-21.

"The intention at this stage is obviously strongly in contention for the Indian tour," Inverarity said.

"He did well on the weekend too."

Inverarity disclosed plans for Pattinson's potential comeback as Australia's squad for the next two limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka was released.

Pattinson is likely to play in the final one-day game against Sri Lanka or into next month when the Aussies host another five-match limited-overs series against the West Indies.

Pattinson is also expected to comfortably get through four-day Sheffield Shield matches next month ahead of selection in Australia's squad to tour India starting late into February.

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