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No chance of Pattinson reprieve

December 23, 2012 10:33:17 UK

Cricket Australia have ruled out allowing James Pattinson to rejoin the Melbourne Stars for the tail-end of the Big Bash League.

The Stars are unhappy that CA advice over Pattinson's rib injury led them to withdraw the 22-year-old from their squad.

After Pattinson was re-assessed, and found likely to be fit by mid-January, it led them to consider petitioning CA to change their rules and allow him to be brought back into the squad.

But while BBL manager Anthony Everard conceded the rules might be changed ahead of next year's competition, it will be too late for the Stars.

The Stars replaced Pattinson with South Australia seamer Daniel Worrall, based on CA's advice he would not be able to resume bowling for six to eight weeks.

Stars chief executive Clint Cooper said the team would petition CA to allow Pattinson to re-enter their squad once his match readiness was verified by medical staff. But Everard virtually ruled out any chance of that happening, as organisers believe the current allocation of 18 players per team is enough.

Our view at the moment is that there are adequate mechanisms in place within the rules for teams to replace players if necessary.

Anthony Everard

"Our view is that there's already provision in the rules for teams to replace injured players," said Everard. "The Stars' situation is somewhat unique in the sense that James has recovered quicker than anticipated, but at the same time it's up to the teams' individual judgment as to when they replace a player.

"They could well have kept James on their books and then at the appropriate stage made an assessment to replace him [if required].

"Our view at the moment is that there are adequate mechanisms in place within the rules for teams to replace players if necessary.

"They do need to exercise their judgment when they're really reluctant to make a change."

Everard added: "We're a very young competition and things are evolving.

"There certainly seems to be an appetite to review this particular aspect, but our preference would be to do that out of season … and be really thorough in the way we do it, rather than change it on the run,'' he said.

Australia are 1.61 to beat Sri Lanka in the second Test, with the tourists available at 6.00. Mike Hussey is 5.00 to be Australia's top first innings batsman.

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