James Pattinson Banned by Cricket Australia for Allegedly Abusing Opponent in Sheffield Shield, Pacer to Miss 1st Test vs Pakistan
James Pattinson (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Brisbane, Nov 17: Australia quick James Pattinson was on Sunday suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) and will, therefore, miss the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba here. According to a www.cricket.com.au report, Pattinson was found guilty of a Level Two breach of CA's Code of Conduct during Victoria's Marsh Sheffield Shield match against Queensland last week and, as it was his third breach of the Code in the past 18 months, it triggered a one-match ban. After Glenn Maxwell and Nic Maddinson, Will Pucovski Withdraws From Australia Test Contention Due to Mental Health Reasons.

In a statement, CA said that Pattinson "apologised immediately and unreservedly to the opponent and the umpires and did not contest the charge". "I made a mistake in the heat of the moment," Pattinson said in a statement as quoted by cricket.com.au. Australia Announce Squad for Two-Match Test Series Against Bangladesh, Usman Khawaja and Peter Siddle Dropped From the Squad.

"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," he added. The first Test starts here from Thursday.