Victoria pacer James Pattinson has been handed a one game suspension after breaching Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct for throwing a ball at a player in a dangerous manner.
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During the final day of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield win over New South Wales at the MCG, Pattinson fielded a ball in his follow through and threw it back at Blues batter Daniel Hughes who had not left his crease after playing a defensive stroke and showed no intent to take off for a run.
The ball struck his foot and he found himself in utter discomfort. Pattinson immediately came to apologize for his actions but Hughes was furious with his throw. Pattinson picked a total of three wickets as Victoria sealed the victory by 174 runs.
James Pattinson was guilty of a Level 2 offense and was charged under Article 2.7 of CA’s code of conduct, “for throwing a ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during a match.”
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Although Pattinson has the right to appeal the decision but he was fined 100% of the match fee for the Shield game and also received one suspension point and meaning he is ineligible to play in Victoria’s one-day Marsh Cup match against New South Wales at the MCG on November 12.
“Pattinson was fined 100 per cent of his match fee for the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales held on November 5-8, 2021,” read an official statement.
It is the 4th time in 4 seasons that Pattinson has been found breaching the code of conduct and the 2nd time he has been suspended for a Level 2 breach.
Earlier in 2019, Pattinson was suspended for personal abuse of a player after a verbal outburst at then Queensland bowler Cameron Gannon.
One match ban for James Pattinson for breaching the code of conduct in Sheffield Shield. pic.twitter.com/TgWdKNgPYN— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 10, 2021
Earlier Pattinson made up his mind to retire from international cricket. The right-arm pacer has played 21 Test Matches, 15 ODIs and 4 T20Is for Australia. Pattinson played his 1st Test against New Zealand in 2011 and announced himself on the world stage with 5/27 in the second innings of Australia’s 9-wicket win. He was named Man of the Series with 14 wickets in the two-Test series. Coincidently he played his last match against New Zealand in Sydney.
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