James Pattinson retires from international cricket.

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has retired from international cricket after deciding he would not be in a position to push for an Ashes berth.

Pattinson, 31, had begun the pre-season hoping to be part of the England series but his start to the domestic summer had been delayed by the Covid-19 lockdowns with both Victoria and New South Wales unable to play in the early part of the summer.

On the day it was announced the two sides would play in back-to-back Sheffield Shield fixtures starting next week in Sydney, Pattinson made the decision to retire from international cricket after an injury ruled him out of the opening Shield fixture. He will, however, continue to play domestic cricket in Australia and hinted at a return to the county game.

He has played 21 Tests and 15 ODIs and will continue to play domestic crickert. He claimed 81 Test wickets in his career after making his Test debut in December 2011. 

His last Test was against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020.

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