Australian fast bowler James Pattinson is set to play county cricket like an ‘Englishman’ with Nottinghamshire after retiring from international cricket.
- Pattinson is set to join Nottinghamshire for three years as a foreign player
- The 31-year-old would be eligible to play for England from January 2023.
- His brother Darren played for England against South Africa in 2008
Australian fast bowler James Pattinson is considering playing county cricket as “English” after retiring from international cricket.
The 31-year-old Pattinson was offered a three-year deal to join Nottinghamshire as a foreign player before returning to the home state on his British passport for the 2023 and 2024 campaigns.
That would make him eligible to play for England, as did his Grimsby-born brother Darren against South Africa in 2008.
Fast bowler James Pattinson has been offered a three-year contract to rejoin Nottinghamshire
Pattinson had hoped to appear on The Ashes, but revealed that her baggy green days were behind us a fortnight ago after a Covid delay in Victoria’s season curtailed preparations for the series.
He has played only four of the last 14 Australian events and recently said: ‘There is a lot you can take when you are at the top.
Before you know it, you’re 34 or 35 years old and you’ve missed a lot of opportunities elsewhere. ‘
Under International Cricket Council rules, he would qualify for England from January 2023, three years after his 40th and most recent Australian cap, although ECB rules require a three-year residency qualification plus a period of Cooldown of the same duration to play as a local cricketer elsewhere.
Pattinson says he doesn’t want to miss out on other opportunities by being ‘on top’