Pattinson has no remorse for his heated confrontation with Smith
Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has revealed that he has no regrets about giving South Africa captain Graeme Smith a piece of his mind during the first Test at Brisbane.
Pattinson and Smith both exchanged words after the Proteas captain withdrew just as soon as the young Australian seamer was about to bowl a delivery due to a bird flying past his eye-line.
News.com.au quoted Pattinson as saying: “A lot of people have spoken to me saying, ‘You shouldn’t sledge Smith, he’s done so much for the game, he’s the longest-serving captain’.”
However, Pattinson noted that on the field, he would do whatever it takes to win and if that means having to sledge an opposing batsman, then so be it.
“You think about that stuff and you really respect that about them, but once you get out there you want to be a competitor, you want to beat them,” Pattinson added. “If that’s firing up and saying a couple of words to those people I don’t think it really matters who it is, if you can do that to get an edge over them it’s just in the game. They’re happy to say stuff to me too.”
But, Pattinson also stated that he respected how much the current South African team had sacrificed and the amount of time they had devoted to take the country to the top of the Test team rankings.
“I really respect what they’ve done in cricket,” Pattinson said. “They’re fantastic role models and they’ve done so much for their country, but once you get out there you’re competing against them and you want to try and beat them.
“You don’t go across the line but you do everything you can to win. I take in the mentality that I try to be better than them even though they’ve got a better record than me and they’ve achieved a lot more. I try and be as competitive as I can be against those players.”