James Pattinson has been ruled out of Australia’s first Test against Pakistan after he was found guilty of a level two breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct for personal abuse of a player.
This follows on from two previous code of conduct breaches within the last year, and after receiving a reprimand and a fine for previous offences, Pattinson has now been dealt a suspension.
According to a Cricket Australia statement, Pattinson “apologised immediately and unreservedly to the opponent and the umpires and did not contest the charge.”
Pattinson admitted he had made a mistake, and would accept the suspension.
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” Pattinson said. “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.”
More to come.