Ex-Australia Test star set to play county cricket as an Englishman

Former Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has reportedly been offered a three-year deal by Nottinghamshire, following his retirement from international cricket.

Pattinson had been hoping to feature in the upcoming Ashes series but a combination of injuries and covid mean he has not played a game since March, leading to his decision to step away from the international stage.

In a statement, Pattinson said he would continue to play domestic cricket in Australia and hinted at a return to the County Championship, having previously played for Nottinghamshire as an overseas player.

He said: "Leading into pre-season I really wanted to give the Ashes a crack, but in the end I haven’t had the preparation I would have liked heading into the coming season.

"If I was to be part of the Ashes I would need to do myself and my team-mates justice. I didn’t want to be in a position of battling with my body when you need to be 100 per cent fit and ready to go at any time. That would not be fair to myself or the team.

"I felt that instead of trying to play at the very highest level, knowing I have only got three or four years of cricket left, I would focus more on Victoria, helping the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spending more time with my family."

Now, according to a report from the Daily Mail, Nottinghamshire have offered Pattinson a contract which would see him feature as an overseas star next season.

The bowler would then become a local player for the remainder of the deal by virtue of holding a British passport.

Pattinson's father is from Grimsby and his older bother Darren, who played one Test for England in 2008, was also born there before the family moved to Melbourne.

The report also states that Pattinson would technically be eligible to play for England, although the prospect of that actually happening is slim.

Under the ICC's current regulations, Pattinson would qualify to play for England in January 2023, as three years will have passed since his last game for Australia – a Test match against New Zealand where he failed to pick up a single wicket.

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