Pattinson pens Notts deal

17 March 2017 09:30:26 EST

Nottinghamshire have signed Australia fast bowler James Pattinson as their overseas player for the first half of 2017.

The 26-year-old, whose 17 Test appearances have resulted in 70 wickets at a cost of 26.15 runs each, is an injury replacement for fellow Aussie Peter Siddle.

He is the younger brother of former Nottinghamshire seamer Darren Pattinson, who caused a stir when picked by England by virtue of being born in Grimsby and played a single Test - a 10-wicket defeat to South Africa at Headingley in 2008.

He's got real pace - and he's very aggressive, which is the way we want to play our cricket. James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed.

Peter Moores

Pattinson will feature in County Championship and 50-over cricket from the start of the 2017 season until the end of June.

"As soon as James became available as a replacement, we knew he was a great option," said Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores.

"He's got real pace - and he's very aggressive, which is the way we want to play our cricket. James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed.

"Pace creates opportunities, so he gives us a wicket-taking option in both Championship and 50-over matches. We've seen that from him when he's played international cricket.

"That ability to open up sides on flat pitches is what we're really looking at. That's the kind of thing that wins you games."

The signing comes after his Victoria team-mate Siddle was forced out of a two-year Trent Bridge deal without playing a single game - having missed the entire 2016 campaign due to a stress fracture of the back, a recurrence against South Africa in November has left him on the sidelines once more.

"It's a real shame for Peter. He's worked hard to try and get himself fit, so everyone feels for him," Moores added.

Nottinghamshire are 4/6 to win the County Championship Division Two title in 2017, while Sussex can be backed at 20/1.

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