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James Pattinson banned from Sydney test after suffering rib injury in fall, Australia v India

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Bad luck Australian paceman James Pattinson was injured again, with bruised ribs prompting his withdrawal from the Third Test in Sydney.

Pattinson reportedly injured his ribs in a fall at his property while on leave during the Boxing Day Test and will not be replaced in the squad, according to Cricket Australia.

Michael Neser and Mitchell Swepson are the other two bowlers on the test team in addition to the starting quartet of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

The injury is the latest in a long line of ailments that have seen Pattinson play just 21 test games since his debut in December 2011.

The 30-year-old recently played against India in a touring match in preparation for the series opener, picking up three wickets.

Pattinson has won 81 wickets in his 21 test matches for Australia with an average of 26.33 and was last in a test for Australia against New Zealand in January.

The third test against India is scheduled to start from January 7 at SCG.

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