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James Pattinson

Victoria paceman James Pattinson will get a chance to impress in the upcoming match between the Prime Minister's XI and England

Seamers James Pattinson and Trent Copeland have been called up to the Prime Minister’s XI side to face England on January 10.

The pair, from Victoria and New South Wales respectively, replace injured duo Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc for the 50-over match, which represents the tourists' only warm-up outing ahead of their limited-overs clashes with Australia.

Pattinson, 20, is the younger brother of Nottinghamshire seamer Darren, who was born in Grimsby and won a solitary Test cap for England in 2008.

Explaining the absence of Hazelwood and Starc, Australia physio Alex Kountouris said: “Josh is recovering from lower back stress fractures sustained earlier this summer."

While there was some hope he would be available to play at this stage of the season, his symptoms have persisted and he will not be bowling for the remainder of the Australian summer.

“Scans have confirmed the bone stress persists and a longer period of rest from bowling is required.

“Mitchell Starc has not fully recovered from a trunk muscle side strain. He is expected to return to cricket later in the summer.”

Prime Minister's XI: Tim Paine (captain), Callum Ferguson, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Keath, Usman Khawaja, Brett Lee, Tom Thornton, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Starc.

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