While Australia pacer James Pattinson announced his retirement from international cricket, he is continuing to feature in the first-class domestic cricket tournament Down Under. While competing in a Sheffield Shield fixture, Pattinson let the emotions get the better of him and hurled a throw straight back at the batter even when he was not attempting to take a run. The video of the incident was shared by Cricket Australia on their social media.
The clipping shows that the batter Daniel Hughes was visibly in pain after the ball hit his leg. While Hughes continued to stare at the bowler after the incident, he did not speak a word to him. The incident in question happened during the Sheffield Shield fixture between New South Wales and Victoria. While Pattinson was representing Victoria, he injured the New South Wales batter Hughes during the last innings of the match.
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It 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 was by no means attempting for a single, 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 apologise to the batter later, 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. Daniel Hughes remained unbeaten on 89 but ran out of partners as they were bowled out for 247, chasing 422. Victoria's Scott Boland was awarded the Player of the Match for scalping 8 wickets in the match.