Australia's James Pattinson to miss Pakistan Test after conduct breach

James Pattinson during the Victoria vs Queensland Sheffield Shield game

James Pattinson will miss the first Test against Pakistan after being found guilty of a code of conduct breach stemming from Victoria's Sheffield Shield loss to Queensland.

The Victorian quick has accepted a one-game suspension, pleading guilty after being reported by umpires for personal abuse of a Queensland player at the MCG last week.

Pattinson faced two Level 1 charges in March which resulted in a warning and a fine of 100 percent of his match fee.

The first one was for abuse of equipment while the second one was for showing dissent in the following week.

Pattinson said on Sunday there was no excuse for his actions.

"I think it's more just a reminder that we've got to set those standards all the time.Whether we're playing for Australia or we're playing club cricket or we're playing for our states or we're not playing cricket, there are standards we set ourselves to live by day in and day out so it's important we do that whether we're on the field off the field, regardless of who we're playing for". "Straight away I realised I was in the wrong, and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires", the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Pattinson as saying.

"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", he added.

"It's unfortunate, 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.

The decision had been made during a regular meeting of team management late on Sunday and was considered the best course of preparation for the 29-year-old bowler, a CA spokesman said.

'James understands he's let himself down, let the group down and we expect him to bounce back'.

Thus Pattinson needs to be mindful of his behaviour on the field.

"That's not just while we're playing (Test) cricket, we've got to go back to domestic cricket and lead the way on that front as well".

"Not ideal, especially over the last couple of years we've been pretty clear on our values and what we stand for as a team".



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