Australia pacer James Pattinson is out of the reckoning for the first Test against Pakistan after he copped a one-match suspension from Cricket Australia for a code of conduct violation in a recent Sheffield Shield clash.
According to a Cricket Australia statement, Pattinson was found guilty of a Level Two breach of Article 2.13 during Victoria’s clash against Queensland. While the exact nature of Pattinson’s breach has not been revealed, the article relates to the ‘personal abuse’ of a player.
The fast bowler’s breach has earned him a one-match suspension according to CA guidelines and he will now miss the first Test between Australia and Pakistan which begins in Brisbane on Thursday.
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” Pattinson said.
“Straight away I realised I was in the wrong, and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires.
“I have done the wrong thing and accept the penalty. I’m gutted to miss a Test match, but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine.”
The 29-year-old was not a certainty to feature in the Brisbane Test against Pakistan and was competing with Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser for the third pacer’s slot in the playing XI.
However, with his one-game ban, it now looks like Starc is set to partner Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the Australia playing XI.
Australia skipper Tim Paine expressed his disappointment with Pattinson’s actions but is backing the fast-bowler to come back stronger.
“He knows that he’s let himself down and let the group down,” Paine told ABC Grandstand.
“We hold ourselves to really high standards now with our behavior, so we’re disappointed in that.
“James has owned up and he knows he’s made a mistake. He’s apologised for it and will come back bigger and better.”
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