Melbourne: Cricket Australia has decided to use its fast bowlers sparingly after drawing flak for persisting with young pacer James Pattinson during the Test series against India last year despite warnings of an imminent breakdown from sports scientists.
Pattinson was laid low for a couple of months due to a foot injury that resulted from the heavy workload he shouldered. CA was warned by sports scientists that he would break down during the second Test against India last year if not preserved but the body did not pay heed.
"We were told by the sports scientists that James Pattinson would break down in the Sydney Test match. We then got all that information and (captain) Michael Clarke and myself and the selector on duty, we thought that the impact he'd made in Melbourne, it was worth taking that risk," Australia coach Mickey Arthur told 'The Age'.