SYDNEY:- Injury-prone Australia quick bowler James Pattinson is set to have spinal surgery in a last-ditch effort to fix a recurring problem that has dogged him for years. A lower back stress fracture kept the 27-year-old out of Australia's recent tour to Bangladesh and he will also miss the upcoming Ashes series against England. Cricket Australia's sports science chief Alex Kountouris said they were talking with several New Zealand specialists, including one who helped save paceman Shane Bond's career. "He's got four stress fractures that haven't healed since his teenage years," Kountouris said.–AFP