Firebrand quick told to rein it in
TEAMMATES have urged firebrand James Pattinson to rethink his approach after a “heat of the moment” Sheffield Shield sledge cost him his chance of a first Test berth against Pakistan.
The Victorian quick yesterday accepted a one-game suspension, pleading guilty after being reported by umpires for abusing a Queensland player at the MCG last week.
Pattinson appeared to be in a battle with Mitchell Starc to join Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in Australia’s pace battery and his ban means an all-NSW bowling attack will take on Pakistan at the Gabba from Thursday.
The level-two breach followed two level-one breaches by Pattinson in back-to-back shield games in March, and they contributed to his ban as they fell within 18 months.
Accepting his punishment yesterday, Pattinson said there was no excuse.
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” he said.
“Straight away I realised I was in the wrong and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires.
“I’ve 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.”
Describing Pattinson as an “entertaining, snarly, oldschool Aussie fast bowler,” Starc admitted the Victorian may need to adapt to the times.
“He’s that up-in-your-face fast bowler; it’s something that he thrives upon and it makes him bowl better and I hope he doesn’t have to shut up shop completely,” Starc said.
“But he has to be a little more careful of overstepping that line. There is a place for it, but perhaps in this day and age he’ll have to tone it back a bit.”
Test captain Tim Paine said Pattinson had “let himself and the group down”.
“It’s unfortunate, it doesn’t sit with our values and he knows and understands that,” he said. “Missing a Test match, potentially is a hard thing to deal with but he’ll learn from it and come back from it.”
Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said suspension was the only course of action.
“We have a duty to uphold the highest standards of behaviour and the action taken in this matter demonstrates that,” he said.
“On this occasion, James acknowledges he fell short of that expectation.”