The Cricket Australia on Sunday imposed a Test match ban on speedster James Pattinson for an abusing a player on the field. Reports said, last week, Pattinson had breached the CA’s code of conduct during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland. Cricket Australia, while awarding him the punishment, said that what wrong words he used against the other player was not clear, but the cricket body characterised it as a personal abuse of a player while fielding. Notably, it was Pattinson’s 3rd breach in the last 18 months.
The punishment won’t allow him to play a game against Pakistan starting from November 21-25. Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head for integrity and security, told the media that it’s their duty to maintain players’ highest standards of behavior and the action will be a lesson for others too. Pattinson’s ban has now created a chance for other players including pacer Mitchell Starc who may replace him in the upcoming Test against Pakistan at Brisbane.
Later, while admitting his mistake Pattinson said he did that mistake in the as it was just the heat of the moment. Very next moment he realized that he was wrong and apologized to the opponent player and umpires immediately. He said he did wrong and accepts the penalty which Cricket Australia has announced. The cricketing body has set some standards for a reason and it’s their duty to match their standards. Cricket Australia has not announced any replacement for him and the players sitting on the bench may get a chance.
Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to play 2 Tests from November 21 to December 3.