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James Pattinson's rib injury rules him out of final Tests

James Pattinson
James Pattinson Getty Images - Mark Kolbe

A SEASON-ending injury to fast bowler James Pattinson overshadowed a great day four for Australia in the second Test at Adelaide Oval.

Pattinson has been ruled out for the remaining four Tests of the summer after suffering a rib injury while bowling on Saturday.

The paceman left the field during the first session on day three and while he returned to bat in Australia's second innings, he will play no further part in Australia's push for victory.

"James Pattinson sustained a left lower rib injury, similar to a side strain on day three of the Vodafone Test which will effectively rule him out of contention for the remaining Tests this summer," Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said yesterday.

"Whilst side strains are not uncommon in bowlers, James' injury involves some damage to the end of the rib and will need further investigation at the completion of this Test to determine the best course of management and the time frame to return to bowling."

Pattinson has a history of injury concerns after already missing a lot of cricket with foot and back stress fractures.

Meanwhile, South Africa has confirmed injured star all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who strained his hamstring bowling early on the first day, will be the next batsman in today as the Proteas looked to save the Test.

But the 37-year-old is set to miss the third Test in Perth because of the injury.

The South Africans said given he was able to contribute 58 runs in the first innings on one leg, they would lean on the veteran again.

"His mobility with batting is not a major concern, it's his mobility with running that is the main issue," South African assistant coach Russell Domingo said after play yesterday.

"Obviously the short ball, bouncers and handling those might be a bit of a concern, but generally his mobility with batting is fine."

Given the state of the game, Domingo said a draw was the best result the South Africans could hope for.

"We know that 370 on the last day, with four wickets down, probably (takes the win) out of the window," he said.

"It is far away but there's still hope, South Africans pride ourselves on our resilience and we're a side that will fight right through to the end."

The Proteas are set to fly in a replacement for Kallis for the final Test which starts later this week but no name has been released as yet.

Topics:  cricket, james pattinson, south africa cricket



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