James Pattinson of Australia appeals for the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand during day three of the Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Hagley Oval on February 22, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australian paceman James Pattinson has ruled out a return to Test cricket this summer, as he continues his recover from his latest injury setback.

Pattinson's last international appearance was in Christchurch in February, but he has battled shin and back injuries since.

The 26-year-old said he is hopeful of a return to one-day international cricket, however, admits Test cricket is bridge too far this season.

“I’ll probably be playing grade cricket in the next couple of weeks and then see how I go from there,” Pattinson said.

“I’m taking pretty small steps at the moment.

“I’ll probably play maybe two or three games there (for Dandenong) and then probably see how I’m going with my workloads and that kind of thing.

“If it’s not Shield cricket then I’ll definitely be right to go for the start of the Big Bash (in December).

“I haven’t ruled out playing international cricket. I probably won’t play Test cricket,” he said.

“That’s probably off the cards. Definitely one-dayers and that sort of thing, I’m open to."

Pattinson has played 17 Tests and 15 ODIs for Australia, but has been plagued by injuries for much of his career.