Pattinson ruled out of series
In-form Australia have made one enforced change to their squad for the third Test against India, with Mitchell Starc replacing the injured James Pattinson.
Australia’s selectors had already planned to rest Pattinson due to his heavy workload in recent weeks, but the 21-year-old seamer has now picked up a bone stress injury to his left foot and will miss the remainder of the series.
Starc, who was named as 12th man for the first Test, has therefore been recalled and will battle it out with Ryan Harris for a starting role at Perth, although both men could feature should Australia opt to leave out spinner Nathan Lyon.
National selector John Inverarity said: “The intention of the national selection panel was to rest James from the Perth Vodafone Test match as this young man has played in four Test matches over a period of just five weeks.
“This intention has become a necessity after post-match scans revealed James’ foot injury.
Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris added: “James Pattinson reported some left foot pain after the second innings of the Sydney Test match. Whilst he was able to bowl unrestricted in the game he did have pain towards the end of the match.
“As such, he had X-rays and scans after the game that have cleared him of a stress fracture but have demonstrated early stage bone stress injury of the metatarsal bone of the left foot.
“He will be managed carefully over the next few weeks and will not be available for selection for the remainder of the Vodafone Test series against India.”
Australia squad for 3rd Test against India: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice-captain), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc.