Cricket news; Former Test fast bowler James Pattinson fined and suspended

James Pattinson was at his fired-up best for Victoria on Monday at the MCG, but his behaviour has come back to bite him.

Victorian fast bowler James Pattinson has been fined and suspended after a fiery incident during his team’s Sheffield Shield win over NSW at the MCG this week.

After being locked in a battle with dogged NSW batsman Daniel Hughes, Pattinson hurled a wayward throw at the stumps that struck Hughes on the foot.

The NSW opener limped off in pain, threw his bat away and then took his helmet off as Pattinson apologised.

Pattinson, who was playing his first game for the season, was spoken to by the umpires and has subsequently been fined 100 per cent of his match fee and suspended for one game.

He 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”.

Pattinson won’t play for Victoria in a one-day clash with NSW at the MCG on Friday.

Victorian captain Peter Handscomb said Pattinson was fired up after a series of near misses bowling to Hughes.

“He’s a fiery boy, old Patto,” Handscomb said after the game.

“We had a little quiet chat, the umpires and myself, just to see what they were thinking, but we’ll move on.”

Social media reacted, labelling Pattinson’s act as “absolute f-grade rubbish” and “disgraceful”.

Hughes was locked in a fierce battle with Pattinson, who had the left-hander caught at short leg in the opening session, only to be denied his wicket for bowling a no-ball.

Pattinson bowled with the ferocity that could have put every English batsman on the back foot during the Ashes if he hadn’t announced his international retirement.

After yet another ball screamed past Hughes’ outside edge in the final session, Pattinson screamed “How many times?” as frustration grew.

Hughes batted all day and was 89 not out when Victorian claimed the final NSW wicket in a 175-run win.

Originally published as Former Test fast bowler James Pattinson suspended for throwing ball at NSW batsman Daniel Hughes

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