Former Test quick James Pattinson expects Australia to rotate their fast bowlers during this summer's Ashes series as they navigate a gruelling schedule.
Pattinson shared the load with fellow pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc to help retain the urn in England during 2019.
But the unlucky 31-year-old won't be part of the squad this time, having called time on his injury-riddled international career last month.
First-choice trio Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc played all four Tests against India in 2020-21, which culminated in a surprise 2-1 series defeat.
They failed to bowl out the tourists at the end of both the third and fourth Tests, prompting former chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns to call for closer monitoring of fatigued fast bowlers during the Ashes.
Before settling on his Test retirement, Pattinson was part of private discussions with the Australian hierarchy around what an Ashes rotation strategy could look like.
Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Sean Abbott, Mark Steketee and Scott Boland are all among the quicks waiting in the wings.
"There was definitely already discussions around (how) the bowlers are not going to be able to play all five Test matches," Pattinson said.
"It's a hard one because you can plan everything you like but if the series gets tight or something happens then it all changes.
"But it's pretty tight fixturing and the wickets over here are obviously really hard ... it takes its toll on the body.
"I definitely think there will be some sort of rotations throughout the (series) and England have shown that they've done it for a few years now.
"They've always changed their third bowler and so I think that will be something that the coaching staff will try and implement, I think."
Pattinson took 81 wickets in 21 Tests for Australia, the last of which was against New Zealand in January last year.
He revealed close friend Cummins had tried to talk him out of his retirement decision, but was ultimately supportive of the call that left Pattinson "relieved and happy".
"It's nice that people want you around but in the end it was a decision that I made with my family and that was it," Pattinson said.
"It's nice to feel like you're going to be missed but I'll be watching on closely this Ashes and I'm sure the boys will do a great job."
Pattinson will make his first Sheffield Shield appearance of the season when he returns from a knee injury for Victoria against NSW in the match starting on Friday.
Australian Associated Press