Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has joined Nottinghamshire for a third stint as an overseas player ahead of the 2022 summer season.
Pattinson actually holds a British passport with his brother Darren born in Grimsby, also previously playing for Nottinghamshire, his father having played as a junior many years ago for Nottingham Forest too.
The Victoria born pace man who has 21 test appearances is in his 32nd year and with an economy rate of 15.52 during two previous spells at Notts, is sure to be a great addition once again to the bowling attack as the side look to gain promotion from the County Championship second division this season, after ‘normal service’ has been resumed in the league structure following shortened localised campaigns during the last couple of covid hit years.
Pattinson who played for Notts in 2017 and 2019, scoring the winning runs in the Royal London Cup final at Lords v Surrey in his first season, stated “Trent Bridge felt like home from the moment I first stepped through the gates.
“To arrive here and be met by a group of guys that made me so welcome from minute dot was pretty special, and I’m looking forward to getting back amongst them again.
“The bowling group did some special things last season. Hopefully I can add something to that and help the club enjoy some success in the coming years.
“Once I get that badge back on my chest and the ball in my hand, there’ll be no backward steps taken for sure. It’ll be a case of ripping into the season and giving it everything to win matches for the club.”
Pattinson will rejoin the side ahead of the summer with Head Coach Peter Moores stating “Jimmy will add a new dimension with his pace, hostility and experience. He’s someone our young players can benefit from spending time with and he adds more depth and quality to our bowling group, which we know is really important.”
One of those young players mentioned by Moores is England U19 international Fateh Singh. The 17-year-old left arm spinner has been recently called up for England’s squad to compete in the U19 World Cup in the Caribbean which starts today.
England face Bangladesh in their opener on Sunday before playing Canada two days later and the UAE on Thursday with Singh saying ahead of the tournament “The spinning wickets are in my favour and gave me confidence going into warm up games. The nets have spun, so they have been good to bowl on. It’s been challenging to alter where I pitch the ball to factor in the wind, but I’m feeling good.”
*Main image @TrentBridge James Pattinson had two previous spells at Notts in 2017 & 2019.