Moores pleased for Pattinson

21 April 2017 08:45:30 UK

Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores is pleased for James Pattinson even though ICC Champions Trophy selection rules the Australian out of county duty in mid-season.

Pattinson, 26, has proved an immediate hit in county cricket, taking more than a dozen wickets and scoring two 50s in his first couple of County Championship appearances.

To force his way back into contention so quickly after injury is testament to the way Jimmy is playing.

Peter Moores

And Australia have picked the in-form Victorian for June's 50-over tournament in England, meaning he will not be able to fulfil his full Trent Bridge contract.

"It's fantastic news for Jimmy to be selected for Australia," said Moores. "We will miss him, of course, as he has quickly become part of the team and his performances to date have been outstanding.

"We still have him around for the next month and, hopefully, this is the start of a relationship that will see him coming back and representing the club in future.

"To force his way back into contention so quickly after injury is testament to the way Jimmy is playing.

"We've certainly seen the benefits of that in the last two games - and will continue to do so with some important cricket to be played in the next few weeks."

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell is already looking at alternative overseas players for mid-season as a result of Pattinson's call-up.

Australia, who have opted for pace in their Champions Trophy squad, are 7/2 to lift the trophy. The Baggy Greens have also named Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood among their 15-man party.

They have also included a number of all-round options, including John Hastings, who, like Pattinson, has impressed in county cricket for Worcestershire already this season.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are 8/1 to win the Champions Trophy, with hosts England 3/1.

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