It was 'right punishment' to axe me: Pattinson

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Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:18 [IST]
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'Right punishment' to axe me: Pattinson

Mohali, Mar 12: Fast bowler James Pattinson, who on Monday was axed from the Australian Test squad for the third Test against India, feels it was the "right punishment" which he deserved.

Pattinson, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were the four players dumped from the team for disciplinary reasons when they failed to make a presentation to the coach Mickey Arthur.

A few hours after Watson was punished, the Australian vice-captain left the tour and went back home.

Speaking on the issue on Tuesday, Pattinson said there were few issues in the team.

"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 told reporters.

"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," the right-arm paceman said.

He said, as an individual he had to take responsibility.

"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."

Many former cricketers have reacted angrily to the axing but Pattinson said they were entitled to their opinions.

"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 really. We're in a different position. We're trying to build a culture. We've got a lot of young guys."


Story first published:  Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:43 [IST]
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