Former Australia international James Pattinson released by Nottinghamshire

Former Australia seamer James Pattinson has been released from his contract with Nottinghamshire.

The 32-year-old has not played since last July and requested his departure before the end of the season due to a combination of family and fitness reasons. 

"After having another child recently, I'm keen to be there and provide support and I think the best place to do that is back in Australia," said Pattinson, who has claimed 33 wickets in eight first-class appearances this season.

"Also, my body has really struggled with getting through the county season, so I just really need to give it a break.

"I wish Notts all the very best for the rest of the season and really hope we can take out the second division title."

Head coach Peter Moores, whose side head into the final stretch of the LV= County Championship campaign top of Division Two, said: "We're all really sorry that Jimmy won't be involved in these last few games.

"But it's a decision he's made that's right for him, and one we respect completely, so we wish Jimmy and his family well."

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