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Star’s brutally honest Ashes admission

Since February 2016, Pattinson has managed only four Tests for Australia, the most recent of which was against New Zealand in January last year.Watch Live Coverage of the 21/22 Marsh One-Day Cup Live & Free on Kayo Freebies. No Credit Card. No Brainer. Join NowSince then, the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have kept him from adding to his 21 Test appearances.Pattinson didn’t feature in the Australian Test side last summer, having been overlooked for selection in the first two Tests against India before suffering a rib injury ahead of the third.He took five wickets in the 2019 Ashes and concedes the selection panel for the follow-up series could decide his Test future.“This year, if I’m being honest, it’s probably one of my last cracks at it,” the 31-year-old told cricket.com.au. “I’m going to try and play in the Ashes and see how I go.”Pattinson said although the end could be near, he planned to approach Ashes selection in “relaxed” fashion.“This year is a big one for me, if I can crack in and try and get an opportunity at Test level,” he said.“If not, then I probably wouldn’t mind just looking to try and enjoy my cricket somewhere towards the back-end of my career.“I’m going into it pretty relaxed and trying to say, ‘You’re having one last crack at trying to play Test cricket and get a good run at it.’“I’d just like to play consistent cricket, wherever that might be.”If the cards don’t fall in his favour, Pattinson has not ruled out announcing his retirement from international cricket, but says he’ll “cross that bridge when it comes to it”.“There’s only so much you can take when you’re on the cusp. And before you know it, you’re 34 or 35 and you’ve missed a lot of cricket and you’ve missed opportunities elsewhere,” he said.

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