Cricket Victoria agrees to terminate fast bowler James Pattinson’s contract
Victoria, 21 September (H.C.). Cricket Victoria has agreed to terminate the contract of former Australian fast bowler James Pattinson for the upcoming season.
“Cricket Victoria confirms that it has mutually agreed to terminate James Pattinson’s Victorian contract for the upcoming season,” a statement from the sport’s state governing body said on Wednesday.
Pattinson, 32, had expressed his desire to take an extended break from Cricket Victoria to spend more time with his family and rest after playing for Nottinghamshire in the English County Championship.
Pattinson was released last month by Nottinghamshire at his request for fitness and family reasons.
Pattinson said in a statement, “This decision has been really difficult for me because I love playing for Victoria and have given it my all for the past 14 years. After the birth of our second child and my injuries in recent years, it is the perfect time to take a break from the sport. This will also give me a chance to spend more time at home with my daughters.”
Pattinson debuted for Victoria in the 2008/09 season and was part of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield victories in 2014/15, 2016/17 and 2018/19.
Pattinson represented Australia in 21 Test matches in his career from 2011 to 2020, in which he took 81 wickets with best bowling figures of 5/27.
He has also played 15 ODIs for the national side, taking 16 wickets in the 50-over format with best figures of 4/51.
Apart from this, he has played four T20Is for Australia, in which he has taken three wickets with best figures of 2/17 for his team.