Australia's troubled tour March 12, 2013

Pattinson regrets 'letting the team down'

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James Pattinson has conceded he did not take his axeing from the Test side well on Monday but has come around to the realisation the severe punishment was necessary for letting his team-mates down. Pattinson, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were all told they would not be considered for the Mohali Test starting on Thursday due to their failure to complete a task on how they and the team could improve following the innings loss in Hyderabad.

After the decision was made by the coach Mickey Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey, Watson flew home to be with his pregnant wife but also said he would consider his future as a cricketer. Pattinson, Johnson and Khawaja remained with the squad and trained as usual on Tuesday, and they will be available for selection for the fourth Test in Delhi after serving their one-match penalty in Mohali.

"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.

"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."

Following the loss by an innings and 135 runs, the tenth biggest margin for an Australian defeat in Test history, Arthur asked every player in the squad to think about where they and the team had gone wrong and could improve. They were given four days to complete the task and while 12 did so by the Saturday night deadline, four had still not by Monday morning.

"It was one of those things where I didn't put in 100% for the team," Pattinson said. "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.

"It shows a lack of respect to the coach, the captain as well, and the rest of the team. I know if I was in their position, as a team member, I'd be quite disappointed in them for being a bit selfish. 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 to be successful as a team."

On Monday, Clarke and Arthur were at pains to stress that their extreme decision was the result not only of the players failing to complete this task, but also because the squad in general had been lax over the course of the tour and an example needed to be made. The initial reaction from a number of former players was one of disbelief that four men would be left out due to what might have seemed a trivial oversight, but Pattinson said in a young playing group he understood the need to build a positive culture.

"They're entitled to their opinion and a lot of the players that are saying that were great players and they probably didn't have to deal with this stuff because they were in a period of time when they were on top of the world," Pattinson said. "We're in a different position. We're trying to build a culture. We've got a lot of young guys. I think other people are starting to come around a bit more and understand the reasons behind it.

"It's not massive things. A lot of people are saying it's just for not handing something in but it's more than that. It's little things like sometimes being late for something. You can give fines for that but that's only so much. You talk about being late to things, the worst thing is actually being excluded from something. Being excluded from the team, being excluded from playing a Test match. That's what hurts the most."

Australia will miss Watson in Mohali, the venue where he made his last Test century, but Pattinson will be arguably an even bigger loss on a pitch expected to offer more bounce for the fast men. Pattinson has taken eight wickets at 23.62 on this tour so far, twice as many wickets as any other Australian bowler, but he said the bigger picture for Australia was not just about this Mohali Test but about creating a strong team structure in the longer term.

"Hopefully we've got the talent to one day be a great team," Pattinson said. "We've got a huge period with the back-to-back Ashes that are going to be important. I think we must get these little niggling things out of the way now and send a message that come Ashes time we will be ready to go - and united as a group - to perform there, because the Ashes are massive for us and we are striving to get back against the Poms."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    @JG2704... I understand your point re: Mitch, Ussie & felt sorry for them but this was not an isolated case...

    As far as adding their thoughts on team improvement - it can be a glass half full or empty scenario... They could have given positives including helping team mates prepare better in different ways or even through their own more positive attitude to training & preparation... As far as any criticism goes - generalising about the whole team would come across as constructive analysis i.e. the batsmen played too many sweep or across the line shots or the bowlers didn't contain the batsmen enough to put more pressure on them, etc... Its just how you say it...

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT) The problem to me is that (with Mitch and Waj in particular) I could see it as an exercise which could lead to disharmony in the squad. Out of interest what could those 2 guys say which wouldn't have come across as critical of either their team mates or the management?

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (March 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT) Yeah , I'm just not sure what these players (Mitch and Waj) could have said without coming across as either criticising fellow players or the captain/management? They couldn't really be self critical as they didn't even play.

    I don't know who is firing in Oz domestic cricket but of the players you mentioned Rogers seems to do well in the English domestic game

  • zenboomerang on March 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @JG2704... Take this with a grain of salt :)

    1. All squad members were asked for input, regardless of who played or not.

    2. The 4 disiplined players have a record of back-chat or giving attitude to management over a long period of time - imagine Flower / Gooch putting up with that !

    3. The selectors have gone out on a binge for years imagining that inexperienced boys can do what men have already dealt with for many years - i.e. Rogers, Hodge, D Huss, Bailey, Voges, Doolan, Butterworth... My squad for Eng would include at least 3 of these players...

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Meety on (March 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT) Re not filling out the health report then fair enough , but what could Waj and Mitch have said without risking offending any of their team mates? Maybe some of these guys wanted to be critical of Arthur/Clarke's tactics/selections but were afraid to do so for the reprocussions. I'm not sure Clarke/Arthur would deal with it so well. I mean

    1 - there looks to be too many bits and pieces players in there ?

    2 - who outside Doherty's family thinks he's in the top 2 Aus spinners at the moment ?

    3 - Who would have played Doherty INSTEAD of Lyon in the 2nd test ?

    All of which has nothing to do with the players

    I guess we'll have to see how it all pans out but I always try to look at issues and imagine how I'd feel if it was happening to my side and if this was happening to England I wouldn't be happy about it

  • soumyas on March 13, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    as an Indian in my angle i see major problem with aussie team is team slection. Lyon was the only spinner who bowled well in first test, but they left him in second test. they should have played at least 3 spinners in second test. also starc bolwled better than siddle in 1st test but they dropped starc, Kwaja shud have played right from 1st test because of his subcontinent origin.

  • Lobs on March 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Pattinson is the only one of the four that we need. This is a wonderful wake up call as we move toward the Ashes. Watson should never have been vice captain and his runs are not thoise of a Test batsman. Out. Johnson should have been dispensed with five years ago. Kawaja hasn't got it-I watched him bat with Alex Doolan at the PM's match for an hour--it was like watching a schoolboy batting with Hutton. Doolan averages 49 in Shield, Kawaja 39.Doolan is made for No. 3 for the Ashes. Tasmania should win the Shield and have Cowan,Doolan,Bailey,Butterworth( 40 Shield wickets @18 and the most accurate bowler in Australia) Doherty and Bird go .

  • Meety on March 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (March 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT) - "...this sort of thing should be a voluntary thing..." - I don't agree. I could be flippant & say there is no I in TEAM, but the point really is, either you buy into the "culture" or you don't if you are a player. If players then pick & choose what they want to do, it can (& usually does) lead to cutting corners. Bear in mind that it was NOT just the review of the match, there have been players NOT filling out their wellness reports! Oz is the last Test team in the world that can at the moment be careless with injuries. So, (IMO), I would say the Management is taking a stitch in time approach. It remains to be seen whether this is the start of the rot, or the point where things fall into place - it'll be either or. Hopefully Watto will wake up & see what Patto has said & re-think his attitude.

  • darsh127 on March 13, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Chris OC, my point is not about what the player was doing or performing, they all were supposed to do an assigned task and if 13 of the 17 players could do so, then so can they. Talk about benched people, so were others such as smith. Talk about performing well, clarke did his hwk then so could have the other performer, Pattinson. And for watson, he was heading home anyways but could still have played the third test.

  • Meety on March 13, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - save your breathe - too many fickle fairweather fans. @ straight_drive4 on (March 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT) - I agree. @hyclass on (March 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT) - it wasn't really a peer review! It was ideas to improve, or where the team went wrong - what do you suggest they should do after the 10th worst defeat in 130 years? @smudgeon on (March 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT) - spot on. @Beertjie on (March 12, 2013, 15:28 GMT) - IMO - you are looking at the task too literally. Arthurs asked for where "they & the team" went wrong & improve. So from where I sit, there is two areas to draw an answer from - 1) From having played the match & revieiwing from a coal face perspective, or 2) From having watched the match & seen the way the Indians compared from the Grand stand. It really shouldn't be that hard (IMO). @landl47 on (March 12, 2013, 13:19 GMT) - he's showing more maturity than Watto for sure.

  • zenboomerang on March 14, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    @JG2704... I understand your point re: Mitch, Ussie & felt sorry for them but this was not an isolated case...

    As far as adding their thoughts on team improvement - it can be a glass half full or empty scenario... They could have given positives including helping team mates prepare better in different ways or even through their own more positive attitude to training & preparation... As far as any criticism goes - generalising about the whole team would come across as constructive analysis i.e. the batsmen played too many sweep or across the line shots or the bowlers didn't contain the batsmen enough to put more pressure on them, etc... Its just how you say it...

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT) The problem to me is that (with Mitch and Waj in particular) I could see it as an exercise which could lead to disharmony in the squad. Out of interest what could those 2 guys say which wouldn't have come across as critical of either their team mates or the management?

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (March 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT) Yeah , I'm just not sure what these players (Mitch and Waj) could have said without coming across as either criticising fellow players or the captain/management? They couldn't really be self critical as they didn't even play.

    I don't know who is firing in Oz domestic cricket but of the players you mentioned Rogers seems to do well in the English domestic game

  • zenboomerang on March 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @JG2704... Take this with a grain of salt :)

    1. All squad members were asked for input, regardless of who played or not.

    2. The 4 disiplined players have a record of back-chat or giving attitude to management over a long period of time - imagine Flower / Gooch putting up with that !

    3. The selectors have gone out on a binge for years imagining that inexperienced boys can do what men have already dealt with for many years - i.e. Rogers, Hodge, D Huss, Bailey, Voges, Doolan, Butterworth... My squad for Eng would include at least 3 of these players...

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Meety on (March 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT) Re not filling out the health report then fair enough , but what could Waj and Mitch have said without risking offending any of their team mates? Maybe some of these guys wanted to be critical of Arthur/Clarke's tactics/selections but were afraid to do so for the reprocussions. I'm not sure Clarke/Arthur would deal with it so well. I mean

    1 - there looks to be too many bits and pieces players in there ?

    2 - who outside Doherty's family thinks he's in the top 2 Aus spinners at the moment ?

    3 - Who would have played Doherty INSTEAD of Lyon in the 2nd test ?

    All of which has nothing to do with the players

    I guess we'll have to see how it all pans out but I always try to look at issues and imagine how I'd feel if it was happening to my side and if this was happening to England I wouldn't be happy about it

  • soumyas on March 13, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    as an Indian in my angle i see major problem with aussie team is team slection. Lyon was the only spinner who bowled well in first test, but they left him in second test. they should have played at least 3 spinners in second test. also starc bolwled better than siddle in 1st test but they dropped starc, Kwaja shud have played right from 1st test because of his subcontinent origin.

  • Lobs on March 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Pattinson is the only one of the four that we need. This is a wonderful wake up call as we move toward the Ashes. Watson should never have been vice captain and his runs are not thoise of a Test batsman. Out. Johnson should have been dispensed with five years ago. Kawaja hasn't got it-I watched him bat with Alex Doolan at the PM's match for an hour--it was like watching a schoolboy batting with Hutton. Doolan averages 49 in Shield, Kawaja 39.Doolan is made for No. 3 for the Ashes. Tasmania should win the Shield and have Cowan,Doolan,Bailey,Butterworth( 40 Shield wickets @18 and the most accurate bowler in Australia) Doherty and Bird go .

  • Meety on March 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (March 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT) - "...this sort of thing should be a voluntary thing..." - I don't agree. I could be flippant & say there is no I in TEAM, but the point really is, either you buy into the "culture" or you don't if you are a player. If players then pick & choose what they want to do, it can (& usually does) lead to cutting corners. Bear in mind that it was NOT just the review of the match, there have been players NOT filling out their wellness reports! Oz is the last Test team in the world that can at the moment be careless with injuries. So, (IMO), I would say the Management is taking a stitch in time approach. It remains to be seen whether this is the start of the rot, or the point where things fall into place - it'll be either or. Hopefully Watto will wake up & see what Patto has said & re-think his attitude.

  • darsh127 on March 13, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Chris OC, my point is not about what the player was doing or performing, they all were supposed to do an assigned task and if 13 of the 17 players could do so, then so can they. Talk about benched people, so were others such as smith. Talk about performing well, clarke did his hwk then so could have the other performer, Pattinson. And for watson, he was heading home anyways but could still have played the third test.

  • Meety on March 13, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - save your breathe - too many fickle fairweather fans. @ straight_drive4 on (March 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT) - I agree. @hyclass on (March 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT) - it wasn't really a peer review! It was ideas to improve, or where the team went wrong - what do you suggest they should do after the 10th worst defeat in 130 years? @smudgeon on (March 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT) - spot on. @Beertjie on (March 12, 2013, 15:28 GMT) - IMO - you are looking at the task too literally. Arthurs asked for where "they & the team" went wrong & improve. So from where I sit, there is two areas to draw an answer from - 1) From having played the match & revieiwing from a coal face perspective, or 2) From having watched the match & seen the way the Indians compared from the Grand stand. It really shouldn't be that hard (IMO). @landl47 on (March 12, 2013, 13:19 GMT) - he's showing more maturity than Watto for sure.

  • Alexk400 on March 13, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    I am thinking that pattinson will play in Mohali. Simply because he said what needed to be said. May be it was coached , that is fine for me. Aussies need pattinson to get wickets. WIthout pattinson , aussies not gona win and that is really bad for aussie management group. Clarke wants to win for sure. I think its more to do with pressure of not having good players of spin in their side. if there is no talent what you do , you find scapegoats for the loss. Those 4 are just identified as scapegoats. Period. There is no need for maturity blah blah. You play players based on their performance not waht they think. Some people are good in talking , writing and some are not. Pattinson is workhorse when he is young now. They need to use him when he is firing in all cylinders. This kinda suspension only creates negativity in the group. People now always look behind who is there as clarke will have spies. Hahaha

  • wake_up_india on March 13, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    It takes guts to apologize -- congrats to Pattinson. Australia may well loose in Mohali but they are laying the foundation for many future wins. A team of Divas and their hero worshiping fans will find this hard to comprehend.

  • on March 13, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Darsh127 Of the 4 players punished 2 were on the bench, 1 was heading home anyway and the other, save Clarke, was Australia's best performer in both tests

  • InsideHedge on March 12, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    I've always like Steve Smith altho I wish he would say something once in a while, sometimes I think he's a mute. He's got a good chance to play in Mohali. Love his fielding, his batting is getting better and better, plays well under pressure. However, I haven't seen him bowl in years.

    If Haddin and Smith play, that'll make quite a few NSW players altho Hughes is now ex-NSW. Agree with the consensus here that Bailey should be in the squad. here's hoping it'll be a good game in Mohali and this hiccup is quickly forgotten, after all the players are only suspended for one game. Will be fun if the replacements do well at Mohali.

  • on March 12, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Respect to Patto. No respect to Watto, who as vice captain couldn't even offer the management a few ideas for improvement. These actions confirm the view that perhaps he's a player out to protect his own averages rather than promote the broader interests of the team.

  • big_al_81 on March 12, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Huge respect to Pattinson for coming out and saying this. He's taking it on the chin - impressive bowler and a more impressive guy for this.

  • Chicagoan76 on March 12, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    I think these statements are orchestrated. Khawaja is in lock down with no access to any mentors or outside world to tell his side of the story, which most likely is that the expectations were not made clear for players who hadnt played the two tests. Lost any iota of respect for MJ Clarke.

  • mzm149 on March 12, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Wow Aussies will play with Maxwell, Smith, Dohery and Lyon and that too on a pitch which supports fast bowlers after axing quality fast bowlers like Pattinson and Johnson.

    Usman Khawaja will only warm benches. He should think about playing for Pakistan.

  • darsh127 on March 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    I believe that this is all due to frustration. The aussies are dancing on the spinning tracks and do not like to lose in such a manner, poor clarke, he wants the team to win and thus such a move was made. I congratulate clarke for such a bold move. He is performing and putting his heart in to winning and then he has some players just slacking off. i mean, it wasn't a big ask to finish that hwk was it?

  • on March 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Is it just me or these statements were really just scripted by someone else?! Every time Pattinson says that "its NOT harsh", I read "Shane watson over reacted"! As a cricket fan and even as a die hard Mumbai Indians and Indian fan, I have always admired Watto for his cricket. Its sad to see this and if he leaves Test cricket, Aussies deserve it. Pup really needs to step up here and get Watto back. And what's with all the talk of "Ashes" by Aussies? Focus on the present series and save your faces. This Indian team isn't the strongest and if Aussies lose 0-4 here, they are sure as hell to lose the Ashes convincingly. P.S. I would love to Australia fight!!

  • 402_Navata_Complex on March 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Being an avid supporter of Indian Cricket, I was really dismayed by Pattinson's comments "Ashes are massive for us and we are striving to get back against the Poms", which in a way, convey the message that this India tour is not "massive" for the Australians, and that they have "given" up on this troubled tour of theirs. I didn't expect this "give up" attitude from a great team like Australia. Come on Oz, pick yourselves up and fight us!

  • Podicheti on March 12, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    So much talk about respecting the coach or the captain. Respect is something you don't force on, but you earn, with your thinking, your planning, your attitude and your actions. I think Michael Clarke missed a great opportunity to show case his quality and leading ability. Imagine, if he stood by his players, defended them, took their responsibility he would have commended a great respect from the entire team. That would even meant sorting out the differences, if any, with his team mates. He then would have been in a position to demand the best from his team.

  • InsideHedge on March 12, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Always surprised to read Oz fans sticking the boot into Watson. He's a very underrated cricketer, better than Flintoff IMHO yet look at how England fans have lauded Flintoff despite consistent off-field issues, far more serious than anything Watson has been guilty of.

    It wasn't Watson's decision NOT to bowl, that was the "think tank". Amateurs ie the fans could see that he was at his best opening, and his bowling always produced key wickets, the man has a knack for breaking partnerships at vital times. Good catcher too, I suppose that's normal if you're an Aussie cricketer.

  • InsideHedge on March 12, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Pattinson sounds pretty desperate to please management having slept on his suspension. As many Oz posters have pointed out, he probably needed a good rest anyways. However, the series may be gone before he returns at Delhi - which is a notorious dead track with low bounce.

    Dhoni has one hand on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but Oz still in the series and will retain the trophy should they win the next two Tests - which appears unlikely but India were riding high after the 1st Test against England before the rug was pulled under their feet.

  • InsideHedge on March 12, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Ever noticed that when a team meeting is called - and I'm not talking just cricket here - it's the low quality employees who are EARLY! ?

    I once saw an interesting documentary on "The Clash" where Joe Strummer recalled how they fired Mick Jones for his continued lack of punctuality. However, with the benefit of time, he wistfully commented "one should always make allowances for geniuses" or words to that effect.

    Arfur and Clarke (who appears to be trying to hard to be remembered as a great captain) may one day arrive at the same conclusion.

  • Beertjie on March 12, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    If an innings and 135 was bad how would an innings and 300 runs look? Spot on @hyclass on (March 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT). Players don't select themselves MJ and Ussie had nothing to base any suggestions upon since they were not granted opportunities. @Lmaotsetung on (March 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT), what was Khawaja supposed to say? I'll rotate the strike by doing x; I'll square cut y, etc. And so if we pick you and you fail to meet your own stated objectives, you can wait another 16 months for your next game. If you treat guys like Ussie as inconsistently as the management has and have the temerity to justify his continued omission on some nebulous attitudinal thing, why pick him in the first place? I doubt all blame can be laid at the door of the coach or the players. Clarke is heavuly implicated and as much as we all admire his cricket, there must be questions over his leadership of the group.

  • on March 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Hats of to James Pattinson for taking the decision of CA in the right spirit. In fact he bowled really well in the last two Tests and I with other cricket lovers will miss him very much in the Mohali Test. I would not be surprised when he will come for the Delhi Test with more vigour and take more wickets.

  • disco_bob on March 12, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Both Johnson and Khawaja missed the obvious Dorothy Dixer. Not having played in either of the first two tesst both of them could have listed their own inclusion in the 3rd and 4th Tests as the best way to improve performance.

  • mthi4life on March 12, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Our sleeper cell is finally awake,Thank you Mickey Arthur for destroying Australia from within.The Coach is over reacting on this one.But I cant say Iam not enjoying the show.The Coach has just made sure Australia Loose the series because the Team is now divided.Even for those who remain does not mean the agree with the decision.

  • JG2704 on March 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @cammo82 on (March 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT) re

    "I really do think the best and worst thing about Australian cricket is one and the same - Michael Clarke"

    I really think that could be the best line I've read on these threads recently. As an English fan I have lauded the guy on both his leadership qualities and as a batsman. I think any fan would want the guy in their test side. But as I have said before , this sort of thing should be a voluntary thing and what if those players questioned team selections , team tactics etc - can anyone say that those comms would not be held against them? The only things Mitch and Waj could say would be about their team mates as they have played no part in the games and surely that could lead to further tensions within.

    Are there replacements being called out at all? I've looked at the Aus squad and while

  • landl47 on March 12, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    This is encouraging stuff from Pattinson, it seems as though he really gets it. Of the four players, he's the only one who could legitimately say that he did his bit for the side in the two tests. Watson failed 4 times and since he's now not bowling, that's a big concern, plus he's a senior player who should be setting an example. For Johnson and Khawaja, who should be looking for every possible opportunity to impress the captain and coach and get in the side, it's mind-boggling that they would fail to complete such a simple assignment and shows that they don't have their heads in the right place at all.

    Pattinson, the youngest of the four and the most successful on the tour so far, has taken this as a wake-up call. Good for him- if he can take his talent and combine it with the right attitude, he'll be a major force for Aus for the next decade.

  • andrewblake on March 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Who's arguing that Watson is Australian's best player? Certainly no one who watches Test matches. Watson shouldn't have toured let alone played in this match. We'll definitely miss Paterson and his would-have-been replacement, Johnson. The only problem with dropping Watson is it means Hughes gets to play again.

    I personally think that this has been a great move. For too long, Australian cricket has carried under performers and allowed players to keep playing long after their last good effort. It may have been a convenient excuse but Australian takes prioritise Test cricket above the other forms and if players aren't taking their roles seriously then they should be treated seriously.

  • on March 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    It is difficult not to suspect that Pattinson was coached to make this carefully considered statement. It reads like words written for him by team management or Cricket Australia media relations. This is the same guy who forgot to respond to the request for an assessment of performance!

  • Sunil_Batra on March 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    The bottom line is that Clarke and Watson need to sort our their issues. We have lost our best bowler and one of our best young batsman in Khawaja and this will cost us in the third test. If 6 players had not handed in their assignments, would we then forfeit the Mohali test, or is it like under 10s where we can stiil play with 8 and the opposition lend us a few fielders? Were the reasons for the exercise or the consequences of non-compliance made abundantly clear to the players? We have a responsibilty to play our best team. This is not to say that players can act without consequence, but commonsense has not prevailed on this occasion.

  • RandyOZ on March 12, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    The wheels have definitely fallen off the apple cart. Sutherland, Arthur, Howard and Inverarity all need to be axed.

  • Thefakebook on March 12, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Patto is world class fast bowler and it is good that in all this mess he got a few more days to rest before the 4th Test he deserves it.

  • cammo82 on March 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    It's very hard to tell if Pattinson is being honest here - or just giving the response needed to be back in good graces with management.This whole thing has been quite pathetic - I really do think the best and worst thing about Australian cricket is one and the same - Michael Clarke

  • on March 12, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    There were other disciplinary avenues rather than a match ban. This is a must win game for Australia and they are leaving out Watson, arguably their best player and Pattinson, their best bowler of the tour so far. Isn't the number one priority to win the test?

  • Andy500265 on March 12, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I genuinely hope that he actually made this realisation himself and isn't just being told what to say by the team management. If he has, it shows that he's mature enough to admit his mistakes and (hopefully) make up for them. If not, well, I can't see Mickey Arthur being around much longer.

  • on March 12, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    As a cricket fan I understand the importance of Ashes and especially for an Australian and English cricketers and fans. However, the comment here by Pattinson (last) shows they do not care for India vs Australia series being two down. Similarly India were down in Australia and they were making same kind of comments that they will see Australian cricketers when they visit India. During that time media & commentators where calling India home bullies and said their (Indian team) comments shows weakness. My questions to cricket gurus now is what they think of Australian cricketers with this comments?

  • Archerthom on March 12, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Pleased to see this very mature reaction from Pattinson, this is about respect for the team and the baggy green and it's good to see he is being honest with himself. I think he'll come back a stronger player for this.

  • WPTB on March 12, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    @Razmont - No Razmont, the question should be how can so many readers miss the point so completely. This has nothing to do with the task given to the players (so childishly called "homework" by many), it has all to do with respect for your coach, captain and team mates. The attitude displayed by young Pattinson stands in marked contrast to that of some of the so-called "greats" of the game...

  • SasiGladi on March 12, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Most of the Aussy expressing its only the Ashes meant for them, if that is the case other countries can also fix thier own tough series (like Ind vs Pak) and send 2nd tier team to other opponents....remember Aussy its the Indians who derailed your continues test victories and we won the series (famous VVS knock series) ask your legend Shane how much he sweated his tears.....Bring it on some Cooks in you who changed the entire series towards Eng (Swan and Mont too)...I bet Clark will get bowled again with less score as he is busy in collecting the bullet points and complaining about missed miscreants in the team........

  • Moppa on March 12, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran, I can see where you're coming from, it does look like a poor quote, but it more likely just reflects that the Aussies see this series as gone, so the only thing they can salvage is that they'll be better for the Ashes. I don't think it is at all a disrespect to the Indian team, more an accidental acknowledgement that India has just been far too good and Australia has no hope of coming back to draw the series.

  • on March 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    What are the chances that the Captain & Coach felt the desperate need for having Pattinson at Mohali, and somehow got their best bowler (and best bet at Mohali) to make this statement... which will help them to rescind their decision and take him in for Test III ? Very high! Machiavellians! As a lover of the game, I would like to see him bowling at Mohali. But my lowered esteem for the two 'play-makers' remains low!

  • ygkd on March 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    This young lad has a long way yet to go to win my heart. I would suggest that he takes a leaf out of his elder brother Darren's book, whose demeanour I have found to be worthy of praise. A wake up call is not always a bad thing.

  • sri1ram on March 12, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    By jove, this is this kind of ruthless professionalism that is lacking in India, both at the players and the selector levels. The Indian team should be taking this exercise even more seriously than the Australians and do a similar writeup to Duncan Fletcher, on what all they can do to improve. It would do the Indians well to realize that there are two more games and the Ozzies can come back extremely hungry and vicious for a victory. Also, this is a fledgling team with talent and their outings in India would have acclimatized them well to the slow conditions here. India, be very smart, cautious and change more than a few factors, to keep the ozzies guessing, else this could be the turning point.

  • Moppa on March 12, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Whether or not the axing was the right thing, contrast Pattinson's statements to those of Watson and decide who has the better attitude to cricket and the team. I've been a bit concerned that Pattinson's ego was inflating too fast early in his career, it is nice to see him admit his error. Hopefully he will return better and hungrier than before. My hopes for Watson doing the same are quite slim...

  • kanjithem on March 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    It is professionalism that will take a team to the top and, it is continued professionalism that will keep them there. This professionalism includes providing feedback at team discussions and participating in searching for answers to sub-standard on-field performance - be it in the oral or verbal format. It is all part of continual improvement. This is how Australia became Numero Uno in the 1990s and stayed that way for a long time. Disregard this professionalism and you can become like India - up one minute and down the next five.

  • jwayong on March 12, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Just saw an interview and comments from Pattinson on FoxSports. He looked like he wants to cry (or just cried).

    Clarke and Arthur has a lot to answer: 1. Playing 1 spinner in the first match (and also got hit pretty badly). 2. Not playing the spinner that they say they still believe in! seriously, if u say you trust a guy, you play him! 3. Not playing Watson as an opener! After he had 2 half centuries on warm up match as an opener! 4. Not consulting with vice-captain about the "rule of the essays" - for sure there's a BIG COMMUNICATION GAP! I sometimes wonder what's the role of vice captain in the Australian team! I remembered D.Warner was vice captain but can't captain the team when Clarke got injured in ODI match on CB Series last year. 5. Losing 2-0 and STILL has no answer or no plan about bouncing back against India! 6. Disciplinary issue? sort it out inside the team, don't go public (why go public at all?)! it puts insecurity on players and they won't play natural game!

  • Nutcutlet on March 12, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran: I agree. Of course Australia should be totally engaged on retrieving what they can from the current series (self-respect would do for now, I think!). It is, indeed, a little disrepectful to mention the next series when you are in the middle of this one! That said - and your point is fully appreciated - the Ashes is to England & Australia the highest profile series of all & always will be. There is nothing to touch it for history & tradition & sporting legends anywhere else in sport, let alone cricket. This is probably puzzling to you & I'm sure that you regard it dismissively. You have to be English or Australian to appreciate its importance. The closest India comes to it is in series v Pakistan, but for political reasons that has a sporadic history as you know:16 series (59 Tests) in 60 years. If Indian & Pakistani cricketers had their own Ashes, then they would have a greater understanding of why TC - esp. the Ashes - holds the pre-eminent place that it does.

  • Cricket1960 on March 12, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Honestly, how can so many readers be so gullible. I agree with Viv Gilchrist and Baxter_P. Not buying it James. !!! He's saying what he's been told to say, to stay on side with the Hierarchy. If he actually meant what he's now saying, then he wouldn't find himself in the position he's in, would he. This whole thing is just a vendetta to oust Watto, pure and simple.

  • Lmaotsetung on March 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Gosh...this is KP saga all over again. As usual the majority do not get it! This is not about an essay or text or powerpoint presentation! JUST LIKE IT WAS NEVER ABOUT TEXTING WITH KP! It all comes down to the mindset of the players. Obviously those who complied value their performances or lack thereof and were thinking about how to improve and perform better. The 4 who did not obviously did not give a hoot about it. As for Khawaja and Mitch not having played...well they are supposed to be constantly thinking about say how to get Puraja out or how to play spin, etc. Cricket is as much a thinking game as it is bat n ball which is why so much emphasis is put on the who the captain is than any other sport in existence in the world today!

  • crazy.mechanic on March 12, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    The ASHES may be the biggest series for OZ but not to forget what they are facing now and start giving respect to the opposition which ostensibly has wrecked havoc in their system. Australians should realize they are not in Melbourne but Mohali!!!! Most importantly , at last we have a sacked player corroborate his axing from the test match and I agree to it!

  • Raja4mIndia on March 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran :Well said Satish...

  • Raja4mIndia on March 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Only Ashes win doesnt keep u in No.1 position Mr.Pattinson...

  • on March 12, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    This young lad has won the hearts of the Cricket fans by accepting his mistake. A more disciplined Patto will be a huge asset for the all important Ashes!

  • on March 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist .... +1 .... read this and you get to play in the 4th Test.

    I would have thought that if this was a reality then there would have been statements from Khawaja and Johnson.

  • khawarmahmood on March 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    That's all it happens when a team is losing.. Even small and good things are criticized.. Pattinson realized his mistake so apologized.. professional way.. That's attitude we expect from Aussies.. Watson should realize his mistake apologize and move on and show us what he is capable of..

  • tommyhawk on March 12, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Well done James Pattinson, Well done.

    Your comments show great insight.The issue really was about building an excellence culture in a young team.

    Those "small" things matter because they are the building blocks of success. I think you have learned your lesson. And you also just reminded me of the importance of these things as well.

  • Sheikasif on March 12, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Clark has taken the right action. A team success is based on teamwork. If 12 other players can find time and get a simple task done, what was stopping the other four. Sheer ego and nothing else. I understand ego for three but what about Khawaja. He hasnt has much success but so much ego. I think the money has gone over his head. Good job Clark.

  • smudgeon on March 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Hmmm. Compare this, with the article about Watto. Okay, so Watto was going to pop home anyway (with good reason), but his "considering his future" statement and the earlier-than-planned exit are telling. Pattinson, I applaud you for being grown up enough to cop your punishment, acknowledge the issue, and commit to the team. Between him and Starc. we have two young, emotionally mature, and intelligent cricketers in the ranks. The future isn't looking so bad.

  • VivGilchrist on March 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Sounds like Patto read that straight of a cue card.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I like the spirit! This discipline is expected of every player! If Pattinson really feels he is sorry, it will give new strength TEAM player! Whereas Watson seems to have chosen a ,ore simpler and easier path of quitting test cricket. Simply because he is well paid in IPL and that is a straw. You be a TEAM MAN first and be an example. Only that TEAM SPIRIT and the enjoyment of playing cricket is prolonging the career of Sachin! Whereas that is lacking with VIRU!

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    If building a culture is about doing essays to go forward in Aus Cricket is in big trouble. Pattinson thanks for siding with your captain's decision but in all honesty we (me and the rest of the world) know its such a silly and ridiculous reason for players being axed. If you want the players to progress they need to play more matches and do little to no essays in their careers and that is common sense.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I, for one, will not be paying FOXTEL to watch a second rate Australian team get slaughtered. My heart goes out to all those Aussie who travelled to India - how ripped off must they feel. And when the IPL is paying players millions, why would they put up with being treated like children, when they can play elsewhere and make a ton of money?

  • Someguy on March 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Good on Pattinson for being a man and taking responsability for his actions. Unlike Watson, who is acting like a petulant child.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Pattinson would have really effective on Mohali's pitch.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Clarke and Arthur deserve 0-4 on their CVs for this dire act of stupidity.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Well said , young man. Something for him to learn from. Shane Watson? Not so much. Hope Watson is contemplating his 20 something average since Clarke took over and his inability to be fit enough to bowl and might consider himself lucky to have even be in the team. My view .... Pattinson is someone who might win an Ashes series ... Watson wont.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Very mature stuff from Pattinson but I wish he hadn't done it and could play the next match. He is too important for Australia at the moment. But its true that Australia had to do it. Australia are in a tough spot regardless and I'm glad that they chose to look at this from a long run perspective. They must re-establish the cut throat culture that served them so well in the past.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Clarke and Arthur not picking the best available team is sheer stupidity. Send a message to 4 players - ALL who should be playing this test match and shoot the supporters in the foot. Pattinson is just playing team man which is appropriate but what coach and captain are doing is gross disrespect for the fans. They picked B players in the summer too. Please step down.

  • brusselslion on March 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    "It wasn't a hard task at all ...." Sounds like young Mr. Pattinson should be captain and/or coach!

  • getsetgopk on March 12, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    "preparing off the field as well is just as important". I thought off the field a cricketer should relax as much as he can, playing the game and the pressures and the expectations that comes with it are already huge, South African side went to the swiss alps to take some heat off them, different players have different ways to cope so this is just ridiculous by the Auss management. This is just punishment for bad results and frankly this team isn't as talented as the one they had before so crushing them like this isn't going to help anyone. It could very well make them all crack under this enormous pressure now that they know that the management have drawn their swords if anything goes wrong. When Auss lost the ODI's they said we got 'bullied' and need to be more agressive and stuff, but honestly there comes a time when the opposition have better players or your bunch isn't up to the task, you put your hands down and give credit to the opposition without making a scene.

  • davent on March 12, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    I would find it insulting to submit a written report on "how we could do better" as an elite sportsman. I find it childish, and unproductive. If all my boss wanted from me is a report on how I could do better, I would write what I think he wants to hear, because words on paper arnt going to turn a crappy pitch, and and poor spin bowling around.

  • cheatsdontprosper on March 12, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Poor Patto , such a trivial thing and the management drop there best pace bowler ,maybe they should have asked him to do an oral test instead of a text test ! . That does not bode well for Mohali it just makes there Mountain even higher to climb in the next Test. Maybe Brad Haddin will come up with lots of runs !!!!!! and stumping's stranger things have happen

  • Flemo_Gilly on March 12, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    You will see Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson apologise before the the third match. I don't agree with their punishment because these guys didn't get drunk, or took drugs nor missed training. Key now is for these guys to train hard and get themselves in the 4th test. It was interesting that no one in management including Pat Howard can come up with reasons other then not doing their homework which to me makes no sense but lets move on and look forward ot the 3rd test.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    This is a mature response from a young man who sees the bigger picture. Watson's response is to go home and have a sulk.

  • Mitty2 on March 12, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    The thing is, though, as this is a move to try and benefit players for the long run, it is not the long run that anyone should be focused on. There are back to back ashes coming and what do you want to try and do before these series, inspire confidence by constant selection, or chop and change and detriment players' confidence?

    Usman khawaja would have been all at sea wondering why he had not been selected for the first two games, as he is quite clearly the most technically sound of our young batsman and would need time to adapt, and quite clearly has more potential than henriques, Maxwell and smith. But what does the management do, not select him despite being in the squad, and to compound it, exclude him from the third test despite the fact that we clearly need him.

    Johnson does not need this in his comeback. Doing this to pattinson is clearly stunting his phenominal progression. How are we meant to have a settled and confident team for the ashes with such poor management/coaching?

  • pat_one_back on March 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Now I feel better, this is all about the ashes, well and good then, thanks for the character building training run India! Another poorly conceived press release, I guess Ussie was still working on his presentation on personalised Gatorade size stubby holders with inspirational Mickey Arthur phrases.

  • WPTB on March 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    As a South African I have never been particularly fond of Pattinson, but I must admit some grudging respect, after reading his comments above. The following sentence sums it up nicely. "It shows a lack of respect to the coach, the captain as well, and the rest of the team". It may only have been a small task, but simply ignoring it indeed shows a lack of respect, and that can NEVER be tolerated within a team environment. For the sake of world cricket it is important that we have a strong Aussie team, and one can only hope that the powers that be in Australia take a balanced and long term view about this matter (other than some of frankly childish comments by the past "greats" who chose to jump on the bandwagon...)

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    whatever the reason for axing, good to see a young players understanding the reason behind it all and realising that he has been at fault. he will definitely come out a mature person from this incident. he could very easily have gone the watson way but he has taken responsibility and that's the sign of a fast maturing person.

  • straight_drive4 on March 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Does anyone know what this shows? Ill tell you. Regardless of how right or wrong the decision was, it shows James pattinson values his baggy green by accepting fault and moving on. Watson on the other hand doesn't give a hoot and hence has threatened to retire. Regardless of what happened earlier, I say well done to James pattinson for taking it like a man and realising the he has a lot of test cricket on him and therefore just biting his tongue. A lot of maturity from a man so young.

  • mixters on March 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I here news reports saying that they did not do there home work and a bunch of old players backing this up. Here is the fact these players are on CA contracts worth more than 500,000 a year. Thats a lot more than our prime minister gets and we pick holes in everything she dose. If I earned half a mill and my EMPLOYER required me to do a report by a set time I would have half a million reasons to do so. Its time Shane Watson and co grew up and learned the defenision of the word PROFFESIONAL. Because all these aguments are amature at best.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    I frankly often did not like Pattinson for his antics on the field. I did however like this realization he has had. He is no doubt a very good player. I think this realization will also make him a very good person. It's win-win for JL Pattinson in the long run. I also think Australia is really hurting after being 2-down. I believe they may be able to turn it around in Mohali, this hunger to do well is a good sign. India needs to focus on their game, lest they be hugely surprised.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    very well taken by Patto. This is the real Aussie attitude.They don't make excuses.They accept their mistakes and come back strong at u.

  • Jube on March 12, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Its debatable how much of a difference the contributions from the 4 make, but am sure they are much more useful than some who will now definitely be in the team. And I just do not get this... Homework?? Discipline? Cannot believe it is all that bad... - being an Indian I can say for sure the sub continent has had worse and worked around it - especially for quality players. If anything I think Mickey Arthur needs to be out. He didn't do anything for South Africa and do not see him doing anything for Australia either.... I also do not quite follow Cricket Australia's selection policy. You're getting on a tour to India - you've lost Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting - don't you think you could do with the experience of a Brad Hodge??

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Well done young man. Good to see for reacting team management's decision as sportive.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if Arthur and Clarke told Pattinson what to say.

  • Paul_Rampley on March 12, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Important thing is that younger guys such as Pattinson and Khawaja don't get caught up in any issues between the captain and vice captain. Both these guys need to come back strongly for us in the 4th test and i am sure they would have learned their lessons. Its important though that we sort out the issues between our captain and vice captain.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    very well said by pattinson...mature talk...good things to come for the Aussies in the future

  • hyclass on March 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Who will take twenty wickets and win a Test for Australia now? The country's best spin bowler and a useful batsman in O'Keefe was omitted from the tour on a whim-how unprofessional. Pattinson will now be unavailable. It beggars belief that the players should be asked to perform the task of the team management as well as win games. I wonder how Khawaja feels having not even played. What on earth could he have contributed? Having the players peer review is the surest way to undermine team unity. In the event of some negative comment being leaked, the team would descend into suspicion and chaos and all selection would have the taint of these reviews. Between that and a rotation policy that rarely to never existed under the great Australian sides, how can they be expected to build camaraderie? This unhesitatingly qualifies as the most destructive oversight by CA in my 40 years of watching and reading about cricket. Ethic was what existed for 130 years before the arrival of these poseurs.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Good to see someone who understands the value of team spirit. But I must say the punishment is exemplary and something team India would have never done.

  • Yuji9 on March 12, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    No James you did nothing wrong and shouldn't be apologizing!!! It's Arthur who should have been explaining his selections to the public and him who is getting paid to do nothing but watch so how does he get the nerve to look anywhere but his own ill informed selections??? Clarke's captaincy has evaded the radar here, his bowling options and field placements have long been poor. Every cricket fan knows this squad was poorly selected - How is it that we can't find an ex Test cricketer from Australia to "coach" the national team? One who toured abroad in the past could be a basic qualification - How many tours of India did Mickey Arthur make in his career? No wonder they laughed at him when he told the squad it would be a tough tour with no Tests behind him - What are Gavin Dover's credentials? Ex players need to step up here and demand that high paying roles like coach go to people worthy of respect - this is a cultural split in Oz cricket and some reality is what is missing most

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    All shd be well that shd ALSO END WELL .. soon for the Aussies ??

  • Edassery on March 12, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Pattinson being young and in need of a longer run with Australia, probably apologized for his own cause. 30+ old multi-tasker blokes like Johnson and Watson may be looking at IPL and other T20 freelancing opportunities henceforth to mint money.

    Overall, it has been a very sour episode while I tend to agree with the couch and the captain that this Australian team really lacked resolve to stayon in testing conditions such as the one in Hyderabad.

  • atpoint on March 12, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    This is just a talented young kid ... punished severely after starring in the first 2 tests for Australia. By any standards ... unnecessary.

  • quittthewhinging on March 12, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Well, I must say that after all the bile spouted on this site towards Arthur and Clarke, this declaration by Pattinson comes as a very welcome change. The young man comes across as very well spoken and mature and, apart from his cricketing skills, he sounds like future captaincy material. I'm not Australian but I'll be watching his progress in future with interest.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    i think patto is right,then why not give 3 suggestions,on the other hand watto may retire fromtest cricket.

  • g.jeevan05 on March 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    One thing is for sure Australian cricket always maintains a stricter discipline than every other team in the World,be it selection or Axing or punishments.Probably with lack of seniors like Ponting,Hussey Australia are failing to set standards

  • meursault on March 12, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Pattinson was going to get a rest for one of these two tests anyway. I'm more interested in what Johnson and Khawaja say (if anything), as the punishment being meted out against two guys who hadn't even been picked for the first two tests is much harder to understand.

  • Baxter_P on March 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Nice words from Pattinson (or more likely, whoever debriefed him on what to say to the media) but he doesn't say WHY he didn't do the assignment. His 'regret' would be more believable if he was able to say why he didn't do what Arthur asked him to, since he now seems so certain it was indeed a valuable exercise. The problems in the Australian squad have to be much deeper than what we know about. He didn't 'forget' to do it like he implies; or if he did, you have to wonder what on earth is so important that he forgets or didn't have the time to put team matters first. So, in short, not buying it, James.

  • pitch_curator on March 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Pragmatic thinking from Pattinson. He knows that Clarke will be captain for some time to come and does not want to antagonize him. No use riling up the captain and putting your future in jeopardy for one test match. At least this guy learnt his lessons by looking at Katich episode.

  • zenboomerang on March 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I will admit I have at times been critical of Pattinson's behaviour since his Oz debut, but this is probably the most mature thing I have heard from him... It goes a long way in repairing my belief that although young he can become an important member of the team for many years to come...

    Patto, keep up the good positive attitude & take the occasional blow on the chin as a reminder that we are all expected to pull our weight equally in a team environment...

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Aussies are heading into the third test without Pattinson? He was the highest wicket taker for Aus so far in this series. It's a great chance for Ind to make 3-0. I wish that 2 of their players out of the available 12, should get injured on the eve of 3rd test. Then, Arthur and Clarke will realize the blunder mistake they did. Funny decision

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Looks every inch a team man does Patto. I´m not surprised he´s the first one to come out and say "yeah, i´ll cop that". Probably a good thing he´s getting a rest anyway. He is going to be a big key for us in the Ashes.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    How are you supposed to win a test match when the coach bans 4 top players???? You may as well concede defeat and blame it on the players being late back. Way over the top. What if the whole team was late??? Would Aust boycott the match???? Arthur wont be coach for long as its pretty clear the problem is the way he treats people. If you treat grown men like little children, no wonder they don't perform. Get rid of him - Australians deserve their best side on the field. Thats what he is getting paid for.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    what do you think the number of people remain in the team if the same rule was applied for Indian team? My ans: All will remain. Coach has to quit.

  • ooper_cut on March 12, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Thats the spirit Pattinson. This guy is really committed and will do great things for Australia.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Well said by Pattinson, It's positive attitude, every player must honour his couch, captian & other players, and must not let others down by showing one's own-self superior like Watson.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Pattinson: when former great players express their disappointment about this lates debacle it is not for you to dimiss their concerns with the ridiculous assertion that they were on top of the world so they don't understand the difficulties you face. How much rebuilding did those guys go through With World Series Cricket and facing the might of the West Indies? I admire your acceptance of your punishment but from our perspective-the fans-it seems mean and disrespectful of professionals who work very hard, have to put up withj a lot of garbage un unfaior treatment. To me it all smacks of the 'business' culture that has enveloped the game. Your language is pure corp-speak as is your Captains...you sound like robots, not men who play cricket.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    "I think we must get these little niggling things out of the way now and send a message that come Ashes time we will be ready to go" - is this series a practice one before the ashes series??..If they always talk about ashes series, they shouldn't be traveling to other parts of the world. Let England and Australia keep playing the over hyped ashes series until they get bored to death ...

  • sportofpain on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Patto - you are in India playing against the Indians and you talk about the Ashes - if you can't focus on this series, you guys a) are disrespecting / belittling this series and b) are not glued to the task on hand. The focus should be on the here and now where this Australian team is performing worse than any Australian team in history - far worse than the minnows that Kim Hughes brought to India in 1979.

    That said well bowled - you have a lions heart. Go well in the future.

  • Chris_P on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Well this should answer the "know it alls" saying it was wrong. As part of their contract they are obligated to follow management directives, no matter what they think. If it is easy for Pattinson to understand why don't some of these posters see that? Well done Patto, it's a big thing to do what you have.

  • aby_prasad on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Finally, some clarity and proper perspective from someone! It is as simple as that when Pattinson says , 'It was a simple task and at the same time a very important factor for the team to go forward!' In-spite of that if somebody doesn't do it, then there isn't any, ANY reason other than being disinterested/undisciplined/selfish! Well that says it all then! Wonder why Clarke couldn't speak like this, it would have been so clear then, unlike the confusion that was created!

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  • aby_prasad on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Finally, some clarity and proper perspective from someone! It is as simple as that when Pattinson says , 'It was a simple task and at the same time a very important factor for the team to go forward!' In-spite of that if somebody doesn't do it, then there isn't any, ANY reason other than being disinterested/undisciplined/selfish! Well that says it all then! Wonder why Clarke couldn't speak like this, it would have been so clear then, unlike the confusion that was created!

  • Chris_P on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Well this should answer the "know it alls" saying it was wrong. As part of their contract they are obligated to follow management directives, no matter what they think. If it is easy for Pattinson to understand why don't some of these posters see that? Well done Patto, it's a big thing to do what you have.

  • sportofpain on March 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Patto - you are in India playing against the Indians and you talk about the Ashes - if you can't focus on this series, you guys a) are disrespecting / belittling this series and b) are not glued to the task on hand. The focus should be on the here and now where this Australian team is performing worse than any Australian team in history - far worse than the minnows that Kim Hughes brought to India in 1979.

    That said well bowled - you have a lions heart. Go well in the future.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    "I think we must get these little niggling things out of the way now and send a message that come Ashes time we will be ready to go" - is this series a practice one before the ashes series??..If they always talk about ashes series, they shouldn't be traveling to other parts of the world. Let England and Australia keep playing the over hyped ashes series until they get bored to death ...

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Pattinson: when former great players express their disappointment about this lates debacle it is not for you to dimiss their concerns with the ridiculous assertion that they were on top of the world so they don't understand the difficulties you face. How much rebuilding did those guys go through With World Series Cricket and facing the might of the West Indies? I admire your acceptance of your punishment but from our perspective-the fans-it seems mean and disrespectful of professionals who work very hard, have to put up withj a lot of garbage un unfaior treatment. To me it all smacks of the 'business' culture that has enveloped the game. Your language is pure corp-speak as is your Captains...you sound like robots, not men who play cricket.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Well said by Pattinson, It's positive attitude, every player must honour his couch, captian & other players, and must not let others down by showing one's own-self superior like Watson.

  • ooper_cut on March 12, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Thats the spirit Pattinson. This guy is really committed and will do great things for Australia.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    what do you think the number of people remain in the team if the same rule was applied for Indian team? My ans: All will remain. Coach has to quit.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    How are you supposed to win a test match when the coach bans 4 top players???? You may as well concede defeat and blame it on the players being late back. Way over the top. What if the whole team was late??? Would Aust boycott the match???? Arthur wont be coach for long as its pretty clear the problem is the way he treats people. If you treat grown men like little children, no wonder they don't perform. Get rid of him - Australians deserve their best side on the field. Thats what he is getting paid for.

  • on March 12, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Looks every inch a team man does Patto. I´m not surprised he´s the first one to come out and say "yeah, i´ll cop that". Probably a good thing he´s getting a rest anyway. He is going to be a big key for us in the Ashes.