James Pattinson is set to miss the start of the Caribbean tour due to injury but there’s no way coach Mickey Arthur is going to ask the young Australian quick to ease up.
Pattinson is struggling with a left buttock strain suffered in last week’s triangular one-day series finals and is expected to miss at least Friday’s (Saturday AM AEDT) opening one-dayer against the West Indies.
It’s a further setback for the 21-year-old after his summer was curtailed with a foot injury midway through the Test series against India.
But Arthur says injuries are part and parcel of fast bowling and he won’t be telling any of his youngsters to go easy to preserve their bodies.
“I would bowl him every day of the week if I could and let him loose … the more for him the better,” Arthur told AAP.
“I feel the same for all the younger bowlers. I think we’ve got to live with the fact that bowling is a real tough gig and guys are going to break down.
“We’ve just got to get them ready to go again after that.”
Pattinson and the rest of the Australian cricket team took a day off on Sunday after arriving in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday following a long journey halfway round the world.
It means the team won’t have its first look at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, location for the first three of five one-day matches, until Monday afternoon’s training session.
But Arthur said resting and revitalising after a long journey was the most important thing right now.
“The trip was hugely long and very tiring. For us it’s quite important to let the guys just settle in today,” he said.
“It also gives us as management a chance to go through exactly what we want to go through with the guys and get our planning and our strategising right.”