Pattinson ruled out of Ashes with back injury
London: James Pattinson who was being billed as the fourth member in Australia's seam bowling attack for the upcoming Ashes, has been ruled out of the series.
He has been confirmed to be out of the series and could face an even injury period out following a lower back injury.
Cricket Australia confirmed the injury and reaggravating of the lower back stress fracture.
Pattinson was ruled out of the tour of Bangladesh and India due to pain he had reported following appearances in the English County and then the ICC Champions Trophy.
"We made the decision to withdraw him from the tour of Bangladesh and monitor his pain. He returned to bowling after a period of rest and unfortunately he is still experiencing pain with bowling," CA science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.
"During this time we have been monitoring him, including regular scans and recent imaging has confirmed that James has begun to reaggravate his previous lower back stress fracture."
"As such, he has discontinued bowling as part of his recovery which unfortunately means that he will be unavailable for the beginning of the Sheffield Shield and subsequently Ashes campaign."
He expressed disappointment with further medical blow and the chance to play the Ashes at home going away.