Australia pacer James Pattinson accepts harsh punishment

James Pattinson believes the guilty got the right punishment © Getty Images

Sydney: Mar 12, 2013

Australia pacer James Pattinson, who was on Monday dropped from squad for the third Test against India, admitted his mistake and said there are a few issues in the team which he wishes not to discuss.

Pattinson, along with Australia vice-captain Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson was dropped from the Australian squad for the Mohali Test as they failed to make a three-point presentation asked by coach Mickey Arthur.

Pattinson told Sydney Morning Herald, “It is something that should have been completed and as a member of the team the others take full responsibility for it. It should have been done, all the other players bar four got it in.”

“There is no excuse. It is disappointing to miss a Test match. It is something you personally love doing, but again when you took a look at the bigger picture, you understand what has happened and why it has happened.

“[Arthur] wanted it in by Saturday night and it was one of those things where I didn’t put in 100 per cent for the team. It was part forgetting and at this level you can’t forget. It’s pretty cut-throat and personally not good enough. It wasn’t a hard task at all and it was something that was very valuable for the team going forward.

“It comes down to preparation for a Test, you can prepare in the nets and the batting, bowling and fielding but preparing off the field as well is just as important as well. It comes down to not preparing well enough for the next Test,” he said.

Pattinson said there were a few issues in the team which he doesn’t want to discuss. 

“We have had a few issues in the team, ones that I don’t really want to go into but it builds up and it is the final straw so to speak,” Pattinson said.

“We need to send a message to the team, not just myself but everyone else. We have to take responsibility for where we are at as a team. We are a group of young players, we are not a group of great players like we’ve had in the past that can sometimes get away with it because they have performances on the board.

“We don’t have that. As a team we have to take responsibility moving forward because we are young men and we haven’t made it in Test cricket. At the moment, we have to do everything right to make us into a great team,” he said.

“People talk about it as a harsh punishment but looking deeply into it you realise probably it’s not. If you want to be part of the Australian cricket team you have to do everything right. It’s not acceptable. I believe it’s the right punishment. Everyone in the group needs to understand that this is the lengths we need to go to be successful as a team,” Pattinson added.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke said that mediocrity won’t be accepted in the national side, and the harsh decision to axe four cricketers came after things went overboard.

Clarke said the players had shown a lack of respect for coach Mickey Arthur, with their axing the culmination of a general slide in attitudes on the Indian tour.

In a video statement released by Cricket Australia, an exhausted-looking Clarke made clear it was not an isolated incident.
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