While Pattinson hasn’t been on top form, he’s been part of a seam line-up that is the only part of the tourists’ party which can rightly hold their heads up after the two losses from as many games.

His seven wickets have come at an average of 43.75, while his tail-end batting has remarkably been the best of the Aussies overall, with his average of 36 the team’s best so far.

Cricket Australia Team Doctor Peter Brukner said Pattinson was sore in the hip and back on the last day of the Test in which the bowlers were given little respite as the Aussies capitulated to be bowled out for 128 in the first innings, setting up an easy win for England.

“We had some scans done today in London that have identified an early stage low back stress fracture,” Dr Brunker said.

“Unfortunately he will not take any further part in this Test series and will commence a rehabilitation program with the aim to have him back for the Australian summer.”

The good news for the Aussies is that Australia have bowlers in reserve, with left armers Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner – both handy with the bat – or right-handed Glenn McGrath clone Jackson Bird waiting for their shot.

Starc was dropped after the Trent Bridge Test despite taking five wickets.

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