Fast Australian bowler James Pattinson will miss the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane after Cricket Australia found him guilty of violating the “Personal Abuse of a Player” Code of Conduct.
According to a press release by the Australian Government Council, Pattinson has committed the offense – classified as a violation of the Tier 2 body code that can justify two suspension points – while Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, although the exact details of the injury were unknown, was uncovered.
Pattinson apologized for the crime and accepted the punishment without denying it. “I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” Pattinson said. “I immediately realized that I was wrong and apologized immediately, both to the opponent and the referees.
“I did the wrong thing and accepted the penalty, I’m sorry to miss a friendly but the standards are there for a reason and the mistake is mine.”
Pattinson has recently had a whole series of disciplinary issues. In March this year, he was found guilty of two different Level 1 offenses and is now on thin ice. According to the Australian Code, four such violations can result in 12 suspension points within 18 months. If Pattinson commits another violation in the next 10 months, he or she may be suspended for either six tests or 12 ODIs or a combination of both.
“We are committed to upholding the highest standards of behavior and the actions taken on this issue show that this is the case,” said Sean Caroll, Cricket Australia’s director of integrity and security. “On this occasion, James admits he did not meet those expectations.”
Pattinson was in third with Mitchell Starc for third place bowler in the first Test against Pakistan alongside Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Australia has opted to claim a replacement for the original squad, which means that Starc, who was in hot fashion in the Sheffield Shield, is expected to play in the Gabba.