Australia pacer James Pattinson has been ruled out of the first Test match against Pakistan for breaching Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct during the Sheffield Shield game for Victoria against Queensland. Pattinson was found to be guilty of violating level two breach of Article 2.13 of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct for personal abuse of a player. He accepted the charge and will miss the action.
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment. 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,” Pattinson said.
The right-arm pacer had made his Australia return for Ashes 2019 and played his first Test after three and a half years when Australia faced England in Ashes opener. The visitors rotated their pacers and Pattinson scalped five wickets in two Tests.
With him being ruled out, Mitchell Starc looks set to be the third pacer in the pace attack led by Pat Cummins. Josh Hazlewood will be the second seamer. Australia do have Michael Neser in the squad – he was also a part of Ashes 2019 – but it is unlikely that he will make his Test debut.
Should the third pacer do well in the opening Test against Pakistan, Pattinson will sit out of the second Test match as well. Though Australia’s rotation policy will surely see him return into playing XI during the summer.
The first Test of the Pakistan series will be played in Brisbane from November 21 while the second Test will be played in Adelaide from November 29 – it will be a day-night Test and will be played with a pink ball.
Following the Pakistan Tests, Australia will host New Zealand in three-match Test series – the opening Test in Perth will be played with the pink ball.