Australia’s seam bowler James Pattinson has been suspended for one Test match after he reportedly directed a homophobic slur towards the Queensland batsman Cameron Gannon during the Sheffield Shield match. Pattinson directed the comments towards Cameron Gannon while playing for Victoria.
This is the 3rd time that Pattinson has breached Cricket Australia Code of Conduct in the past 18-months which has led to his suspension for one game. Pattinson had previously been found guilty of two level one Code of Conduct breaches over the past year for which he received a reprimand (Article 2.1.2, March 14, Sheffield Shield, versus New South Wales) and a 100 per cent match fee fine (Article 2.1.4, March 21, Sheffield Shield, versus South Australia).
“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” Pattinson said. “Straight away I realized I was in the wrong, and I apologized 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 further added. Pakistan will take on Australia in the 1st Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane on 21st November 2019.