‘Gay slur’ at centre of Aussie quick's Test cricket ban

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2019

Pattinson had previously been found guilty of two level one code of conduct breaches over the past year for which he received a reprimand and a 100% match fee fine, the latter for showing dissent at the umpire's decision in a Shield game against South Australia.

Given it was his third breach in the past 18 months, the incident triggered a one-match suspension, although he could have been slapped with a similar penalty for serious abuse even with a clean record.

News outlets, The Australian and the Sydney Daily Telegraph have alleged that the abuse involved a homophobic slur. "I'm gutted to miss a Test match, but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine", he added.

"It's a tough one but thinking about where they've come from and their reluctance to play Starc, I think they might lean Pattinson's way again".

Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia's head of integrity and security, said: "We have a duty to uphold the highest standards of behaviour and the action taken in this matter demonstrates that".

Pattinson admitted to "making a mistake" in the heat of the moment.

In a statement, the governing body said the bowler "apologised immediately and unreservedly to the opponent and the umpires, and did not contest the charge".

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The first of two Tests against Pakistan starts this week and skipper Tim Paine said Pattinson had let the team down.

James Pattinson is set to miss Australia's first test against Pakistan, with captain Tim Paine admitting he expects the paceman to be suspended. Both of those guys apologised, they know that they fell a little bit short of what we set ourselves in the Test team.

'Missing a test match potentially is a hard thing to deal with but he'll learn from it and come back from it.

"I love playing cricket here, for the last nine years I've been playing Test cricket here, everyone's been talking about playing four quicks every time, so it's all part of it and I'm not really concerned what Pakistan do to be honest".

Jones, who played 52 Tests for Australia in the 1980s and 1990s, said it was insufficient preparation for the Test matches in Brisbane and Adelaide.

'Both of those guys (Smith and Pattinson) apologized last night, ' Paine said.

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