The Ashes 2019: James Pattinson set to play the Edgbaston Test
Australian face bowler James Pattinson is in line to play the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Thursday. Pattinson’s sensational form made a strong case for him to take the new ball against England. Australian coach Justin Langer has declared Usman Khawaja is certain for the opening Ashes Test after passing a fitness test on his hamstring.
“Usman Khawaja will definitely be in, he’s fit, ready to go, he’s playing well,” Langer said. “He’s a seasoned pro for us, he averages 40-odd in Test cricket, his hammy’s good, he’s running well, he’s passed all the fitness tests so he’s ready to go. He’ll bat No. 3.”
The No-1 fast bowler in the world Pat Cummins is set to play the first Test as Australia’s main bowler while James Pattinson is set to play his first Test match after more than a three years long gap. There will be a battle among Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle for the final spot for Edgbaston Test.
“Just a very, very good bowler,” Coach Langer said about Pattinson. “I’m sure Painey will work out ways of using him, it’s just nice to see him back, it’s a great story isn’t it, coming back from where he was as a young bowler, the back surgeries, to more than likely being selected for this Test match, it’s a great story.
“They won’t be rotated as such, like in the World Cup we’ll pick the best three or four for every game we play. Lord’s is very different to here, Old Trafford’s going to be different. We won’t rotate them per se, but we’ll just pick the best three, probably not four, but three for every game. It won’t be for different opposition, certainly different conditions.”