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Twitter reacts as James Pattinson announces his retirement from international cricket

James Pattinson was one of the key bowlers for Australia in the last Ashes series in England

The Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has announced his retirement from international cricket at just 31 years of age which has come as a big surprise, not just for Australian fans, but for fans all around the world.

James Pattinson was a part of the Australian set up in the last Ashes series in England and was expected to play a big part for the Kangaroos in the home Ashes again, which is starting in a couple of months’ time. This sudden retirement announcement from him has raised a few eyebrows.

Pattinson, who was a typical hustling Australian fast bowler, played 21 test matches in the baggy green and grabbed 81 test wickets at an average of 26.33.

James Pattinson could have established himself in the Australian test team this summer

At a time when Mitchell Starc has not quite fulfiled the expectations as a test match bowler in the last few seasons, Pattinson had a chance to establish himself in the Australian test team for the next 3-4 years. But, now after his retirement, Australia will have to rely on Starc again to form the pace trio with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the upcoming Ashes.

Pattinson said in his retirement statement that Ashes was on his mind when he started training in the pre season, but he doesn’t think he h as had the kind of preparation that is required for an Ashes series. He doesn’t want to go into an event as big as Ashes without being 100% prepared.

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According to Pattinson, he doesn’t have a number of years left in his cricketing career. Whatever years he has left in him, he would rather spend it in the domestic circuit of Australia and England and try and help in the development of young cricketers.

“I felt that instead of trying to play at the very highest level, knowing I have only got three or four years of cricket left, I would focus more on Victoria, helping the young guys develop, perhaps some cricket in England and spending more time with my family,” Pattinson said in his retirement statement.

Cricket fans have since been reacting on twitter, paying tribute to Pattinson for his contributions to Australian cricket and test cricket in general. Here are some of the tweets –

 

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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