County news: James Pattinson returns to Nottinghamshire for 2022 season


The former Australia quickly withdrew from internationals in the run-up to the Ashes series

James Pattinson, the fast bowler from Australia who retired from international cricket on the eve of the Ashes, is set for a third season with Nottinghamshire after signing an all-format deal covering the 2022 season.

Pattinson is a British passport holder but has been registered as a foreign player, having previously spent parts of the 2017 and 2019 seasons with County, taking 40 first-class wickets at 15.52.

Pattinson’s older brother Darren, who made a one-off Test appearance for England in 2008, won the County Championship title with Nottinghamshire in 2010.

“Trent Bridge felt like home from the moment I first walked through the gates,” Pattinson said. “Arriving here and being greeted by a group of guys who made me feel so welcome from minute one was very special, and I can’t wait to be among them again.”

“The family link with Darren doing what he did at Nottingham a few years ago, and with Dad playing football at junior level for Forest, made me feel like a real fit from the start. I knew straight away that I found a county. that I would love to represent.

“The bowling group did some special things last season. I hope I can add to that and help the club enjoy success for years to come.”

“Once I have the shield on my chest and the ball in my hand again, I’m sure there will be no going back. It will be a matter of starting the season and giving everything to win games for the club”. “

Pattinson claimed 32 wickets at 12.06 in his first Championship stint at Trent Bridge in 2017, and made an immediate impact on debut, scoring a career-best 89, adding 122 for eighth wicket with Stuart Broad, as well as claim match figures of 8 for 84.

He played in ten matches as Notts lifted the Royal London Cup, taking 13 wickets in the tournament and scoring the winning runs against Surrey at Lord’s, then returned for a short spell in 2019.

“We first recruited James in 2017 because we believed he possessed the two qualities you always look for in a foreign signing – tremendous pedigree and a desire to fully commit to life at the club,” said Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores. .

“In both respects, he proved to be everything we wanted and more, both with his performances on the field and the imprint he left on all of us as a character and competitor, so we can’t wait to welcome him back.” here.

“Our bowling attack did great things in 2021, and the way to build on that is to come back and try to get even better.

“Jimmy will add a new dimension with his pace, hostility and experience. He’s someone our young players can benefit from over time and he adds more depth and quality to our bowling group, which we know is really important.”

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