James Pattinson realises his mistake

Australia’s pacer James Pattinson has conceded that he let the team down because of his behaviour by not responding to the coach Mickey Arthur’s questions regarding performance during the ongoing Test series in India.

“We had a training session yesterday and we apologised to the team about it,” Pattinson said on Tuesday. “It does hurt, missing a Test match. It’s not only that, you let your team down as well. At the time I was told I was quite upset. At the start I didn’t
take it as well as I probably could have. The easy thing for me was to make excuses and say it’s a harsh punishment.”

He added, “But the reality is it’s not – it’s part of playing cricket for Australia. You’ve got to do everything right. It wasn’t hard for the other 12 blokes to get it in on time and they took the time out to really reflect and do what’s best for the team
whereas we four didn’t. Right now I’m still hurting about it but in the long run I think it’s going to make us a better team.”

Pattinson was not the only one punished for his behaviour, as there were several other players involved in the misconduct. One of them was the team’s vice captain Shane Watson, who took a flight to Australia in order to join his pregnant wife.

The veteran all-rounder was not pleased with the axing and said that he would now consider his career in the longest format of the game. He has had quite a few injury problems, but returned to the side for a tough tour to India. However, he was unable to
make an impact in the first couple of Tests and got out after making starts.

Despite that, he would have been retained in the side, had he not been involved in any misconduct.

Other than Watson and Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were also the ones who failed to comply with the coach’s orders. Interestingly though, the latter two players were not a part of the first two games.

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