Fire­brand quick told to rein it in

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - MUR­RAY WEN­ZEL

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.”

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