Published: 10:10 GMT, 17 November 2019 | Updated: 10:12 GMT, 17 November 2019
Fast bowler James Pattinson will miss the first test against Pakistan from Thursday after choosing not to contest a charge of breaching Cricket Australia's code of conduct during a domestic Sheffield Shield match.
Pattinson faced a Level 2 charge of using obscene or abusive language over an incident in a four-day match last week between Victoria and Queensland at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
As reported by The Australian, Pattinson abused Queensland batsman Cameron Gannon with what was alleged to have been a 'homophobic slur' on the second day of the match, but immediately apologized to the player and match officials.
Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has been charged for making 'homophobic slur'
The code of conduct bans the use of 'language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player or player support personnel or any other third person during a match.'
'I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,' Pattinson said. 'Straight away I realized I was in the wrong and I apologized immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires.
'I have done the wrong thing and accept the penalty.
'I'm gutted to miss a test match but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine.'
Cameron Gannon of Queensland bats was the recipient of the abuse directed by Pattinson
In deciding not to contest the charge, Pattinson effectively pleaded guilty and