Pacer James Pattinson has been suspended for one match after he was found to have breached the code of conduct during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield win over New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Notably, during the final day of the match, Pattinson had fielded a ball in his follow through and threw it back at Daniel Hughes who had not by any means attempted to go for a run.
Pattinson’s throw had hit Hughes on the foot and needed some treatment before the batter could continue his innings with a bit of discomfort. Although Pattinson later apologised for his action, Hughes was not happy at all and the bowler has now been charged under Article 2.7 of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct, “for throwing a ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during a match.”
Pattinson fined 100 per cent of match fee apart from one-match suspension
Pattinson was found in violation of the desired code of conduct and had been found guilty of a level two breach for which he has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee as well as a one-match suspension point which has deemed him ineligible to play in Victoria’s one-day Marsh Cup match against NSW at the MCG on Friday. However, the bowler still has a right to appeal the decision.
It had all happened when New South Wales had lost six wickets in their innings and Victoria were closing in on a win. However, Hughes put his hand up and made sure he put up some fight. Along with Hughes, Peter Nevill was out there in the middle when Pattinson came in to bowl the 87th over of the innings. In the third ball of this over while the batter had only played a defensive block and had not even left his crease but the bowler collected the ball and threw it back at the batter.
It was clear that the 31-year-old had thrown the ball out of frustration more than anything else and while he did seem apologetic, the damage had already been done. Daniel threw his bat, took out his helmet and physios had to come before he could continue his innings.
Despite Hughes’ valiant effort, New South Wales ended up losing the match by 174 runs.