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Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

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16th November, 2019
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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.