Australian fast bowler, James Pattinson has been suspended from first test which is to happen between Pak vs Aus due to his involvement in abusing the opponent while playing for Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match.
The fast bowler was in rival with Mitchell Starc for third pace bowling attack in a series of two test matches started from Thursday.
Mitchell has already found himself guilty two times before for breaching Australia’s cricket code of conduct. This is the third time he has caused embarrassment to himself and has been suspended from the match squad.
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment. 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.” said the Australian fast bowler in his talk with Australia Cricket.
In his place, Starc is supposed to place in most cases alongside Hazlewood and Cummins for the first Pak vs Aus test. As told by the sources, Pattinson may miss two matches ahead of the relevant series.
It has happened before that Australian players have embarrassed their group for involving themselves in such scandals. Last year, during South Africa vs Australia test match, former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for one year.
Present test skipper Tim Paine narrated that,
“James knows that he has let himself down. He has let the group down,”
“We actually had a chat last night about how we hold ourselves to really high standards now with our behaviour. That’s not just when we are playing international cricket, we’ve got to go back to domestic cricket and lead the way on that front as well. We are disappointed in that but, James has owned up, knows he has made a mistake and apologised for it, and he will come back bigger and better.”