Stars keen on Pattinson return
Melbourne Stars are calling for Big Bash Rules to be changed so they can take advantage of James Pattinson's recovery from injury.
The Stars withdrew the paceman from their squad after Cricket Australia's advice that he would be unfit for the summer Tests.
He's surprised everyone with how he's recovered.Clint Cooper
Pattinson suffered a rib injury during the Adelaide Test last month, but it now seems CA's medical advice to the Stars was pessimistic.
He has resumed bowling, at low intensity, and is on track to be playing again in less than a month.
BBL rules do not allow players to be restored to squads once they have been withdrawn, but Stars chief executive Clint Cooper hopes to convince CA to amend their policy.
While the Stars have been impressed by Pattinson's replacement, South Australia seamer Daniel Worrall, Cooper says he regrets having acted according to CA's advice.
He said: ''It's quite unfortunate. We made a decision based on the advice of the chief medical officer of Cricket Australia and replaced him, because they said it'd be six to eight weeks before he'd bowl again.
"He's surprised everyone with how he's recovered,'' Cooper added. ''If that advice was different - and in hindsight it's easy to make these calls - you wouldn't have subbed him out that early.''
If Pattinson's recovery stays on schedule, he would be available in mid-January, in time for the BBL semi-finals.
CA high-performance manager Pat Howard said he had been in touch with Cooper about Pattinson.
''I have been speaking with Clint Cooper on some of the topics. We know where James Pattinson and a few other guys are in terms of that sort of push and pull between BBL and longer-form cricket,'' he said.
''Closer to the time, the medical staff of all teams will talk, and nothing is confirmed or closed off.''
Cooper said he would petition CA to amend its rules for national-team players.
''If he's declared fit by the chief medical officer of Cricket Australia … and it's in the BBL window, we'd look at our options and seek some sort of change to the rules,'' he said.
''The rules aren't ideal … [but] they're a work in progress. I'd like if we could all sit around a table and say, 'What's in the best interests of Australian cricket'?"
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