Ex-Australia star hit with ban and fine for ‘dangerous’ act in domestic clash

Former Australia quick James Pattinson has been suspended and fined after throwing a ball at Daniel Hughes which struck the opener on the foot.

The incident occurred during the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales, with Hughes attempting to bat for a draw.

Having dismissed Hughes earlier that day off a no ball, Pattinson let his frustration get the better of him in the 87th over of NSW's second innings.

After Hughes patted a delivery straight back to the bowler, Pattinson collected the ball and hurled it at the batter, hitting him on the foot and leaving him in obvious pain.

Pattinson has since been found guilty of a Level 2 offence by Cricket Australia, who have fined him 100% of his match fee and handed him a suspension point which means he will miss Victoria's upcoming One-Day Cup against NSW.

In a statement, they said: "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.

"Pattinson was fined 100% of his match fee for the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales held on November 5-8, 2021.

"He also received one suspension point and will be ineligible for selection in the Victoria v New South Wales Marsh One-Day Cup match on November 12."

Speaking on Fox Cricket, former Australia international Kerry O’Keeffe criticised Pattinson and labelled the act "unsavoury".

He said "The two most unsavoury aspects are, a) the send-off when you’ve got somebody out and, b) the chuck at the stumps by a bowler.

"Are we the only country that does it? Like, Mitch Starc does it for fun in England and he gets booed.

"Is it the way we play our cricket? You hit it back to the bowler, he picks it up and wants to peg you – I mean, what is going on there?

"The ball is dead once it’s in his hands. Walk back to the mark and bowl it again."

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