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Fast bowler James Pattinson has declared himself fit for Australia’s NatWest Series matches against England next month after overcoming a back problem.

Pattinson was forced to return home early from the tour of West Indies after injuring himself during the second Test.

“It was a bit of a strange way I did the injury. I went to throw the ball at the bowler's end and changed at the last minute, and threw the ball at the other end,” he said.

“I jarred my back up in an awkward position and straight away felt pain in my back and it just seized up from there.”

James Pattinson

James Pattinson expects to be fully fit for next month's NatWest Series. The Australia paceman is approaching full fitness after injuring his back

The Victorian returned home for treatment and spent most of his time walking, jogging and then working in the gym in his early rehabilitation.

But with the one-day series in England fast approaching, Pattinson is increasing his workload in his quest for full fitness.

"I've started bowling about three times a week now at about 80% intensity and building up to hopefully the end of next week at 100%," Pattinson said.

"It leaves me with three weeks of going at 100% in the nets and then looking forward to getting over to England."

And with his older brother Darren having played for Nottinghamshire since 2008, Pattinson is eager for information about the local wickets.

"It would be good to catch up with him over there to get some inside tips because he's had a bit of success over there in recent years," the 22-year-old said.

"It's good to have that knowledge in the back of my mind."

Pattinson will fly to Brisbane on Tuesday to begin a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport Centre of Excellence and will use his time there to prepare for England.

"I'm looking to get back into bowling at 100% and a bit of match intensity up there as well," he said.

"Hopefully I can get out in the middle and bowl and hopefully it's white ball practice with the ODIs coming up."

Australia’s first match of the tour is a one-dayer against Leicestershire at Grace Road on June 21.

They then meet Ireland and Essex before the five-match ODI series begins at Lord’s on June 29.

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