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James Pattinson will miss the first Test against Pakistan due to suspension

James Pattinson will miss the first Test against Pakistan due to suspension

Australian pacer James Pattinson has been suspended for a single game that arrived from a code of conduct violation and as a result, will miss the first Test against Pakistan which will be played in Brisbane. Australian Test management has not called for a replacement to the squad, however.

James Pattinson has been found guilty of a level two breach of Article 2.1.3 of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct for personal abuse of a player. The charge was laid by on-field umpires John Ward and Shawn Craig during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland.

“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” James Pattinson said. “Straight away I realized I was in the wrong, and I apologized 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.”

James Pattinson had previously been found guilty of two-level one code of conduct breaches over the past year, which also included showing dissent towards the umpire’s decision in the game against South Australia.

Tim Paine, the Australian Test skipper, expressed disappointment over James Pattinson’s actions and said, “He knows he’s let himself down, he’s let the group down. We had a chat last night about the fact we hold ourselves to really high standards with our behavior. That’s not just when we’re playing [international] cricket, we’ve got to go back to domestic cricket and lead the way on that front as well, so we’re disappointed in that, but James has owned up and knows he’s made mistake and has apologized for it and he will come back bigger and better.”

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