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Sheffield Shield: Pattinson found guilty of breaching CA's Code of Conduct

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Melbourne, Nov 10 (IANS) Fast bowler James Pattinson was on Wednesday handed a one-game suspension for a code of conduct breach during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield win over New South Wales at the MCG.

During the final day of play, Pattinson fielded a ball in his follow-through and threw it back at NSW batter Daniel Hughes who had not left his crease after playing a defensive stroke and showed no intent to take off for a run.

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The Victorian quick held his hand up to apologise but the 32-year-old batter was in obvious discomfort from the blow as he hobbled around while exchanging heated words with Pattinson.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Cricket Australia said Pattinson had been found guilty of a Level 2 offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct.

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“Pattinson was charged and found guilty under Article 2.7 of the Code for throwing a ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during a match. He was fined 100 per cent of his match fee for the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and NSW held on November 5-8, 2021,” the statement said.

CA said that Pattinson also received one suspension point, meaning he will be ineligible for selection in the day-night Marsh One-Day Cup match against NSW at the MCG on Friday. The pacer has the right to appeal the decision.

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It’s not the first time the recently retired Test quick has been suspended for his actions in a Shield match. In November 2019, he was suspended for the first Test against Pakistan after being found guilty of a Level 2 breach relating to personal abuse of a player during a Sheffield Shield game against Queensland.

Pattinson said at the time he apologised immediately to his opponent and the umpires and that he “made a mistake in the heat of the moment”. At the time, it was the speedster’s third Code of Conduct breach in six Shield games.

–IANS

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