Pattinson declares himself fit for ODI tri-series

Melbourne: Australian pace sensation James Pattinson, who was ruled out midway through the ongoing Test series against India due to a foot injury, has declared himself fit for the upcoming ODIs saying that he has recovered quicker than expected.

The 21-year-old, who was suffering from a stress-related foot injury, said he has started running again and should be fit for the one-day series against India and Sri Lanka, starting February 5.

"I`ve been back doing swimming and bike riding and all that sort of stuff over the last three weeks, so I`ll have a week of running and then I`ll get back into bowling," Pattinson was quoted as saying.

"At the moment we`re looking to the start of the one-day series with a bit of luck, and obviously I`ll go from there. Hopefully it holds up."

Pattinson said his injury didn`t turn out to be as serious as it was first thought.

"I only had that on for a week. It was just precautionary, so I didn`t knock it and stuff like that. It was a bit vulnerable at that time," he said.

The youngster, who has taken 25 Test wickets since his debut last month against New Zealand, gave a thumbs up to Cricket Australia`s rotation policy to preserve fast bowlers.

"I think the way cricket`s going now ... there`s so much cricket being played all over the world. You look at IPL now and there are so many series on, that you probably have to (rotate).”

"It`s hard because you want to be playing every game. But I think bowlers are smart enough now to put their hand up and say, `Look, I do need a rest`."


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