Pattinson needed 'kick in the bum'
Paceman James Pattinson has taken responsibility for his suspension from Australia duty - but feels the issues surrounding him and three team-mates can spur the side on to double Ashes success.
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Pattinson, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were all suspended for one match after failing to deliver a presentation, as instructed by coach Mickey Arthur, on the way forward following defeats in the first two Tests of their current tour of India.
Watson subsequently flew home to Australia to be with his pregnant wife but the other three remain with squad ahead of the third Test, in which they will play no part.
Some have suggested the punishment is over the top but Pattinson feels it is justified.
He said: "I think this is the kick in the bum to make you really realise what we've got and what we really want, and that is to get to number one.
"It sends a message to everyone here that we're playing Test cricket and you have to give everything for the team.
"No individual comes higher than the team and I think this is a perfect example.
"So leading into this massive summer over in England and then into the Ashes back home, this is just that stepping stone which could lead to something special in the future."
He added: "People might say it's a harsh punishment for a small thing but I think if we look outside the actual thing we did wrong then it's other stuff as well, it builds up.
"If I wasn't in this position, if it was someone else, as a team member I'd be disappointed in them that they'd let the team down.
"You give 100 per cent on the field and there's no reason why it shouldn't be off the field as well.
"One day we could be a great team but at the moment we're not. If we can build a good culture then one day we'll be a great team."
Watson flew back to Australia saying he would consider his future in international cricket, prompting former captain Kim Hughes to suggest the decision should be taken out of his hands.
"If Shane Watson has to think about his position, that tells you more about him than anything else and maybe we're better off bringing forward a younger kid that wants it," Hughes said.
"I'd give him the marching orders tomorrow.
"He spends more time being rotated than a rotisserie, he gets paid millions of dollars and sure, his wife is having a baby, but if that's the way he's thinking then he should go and play IPL (the Indian Premier League).
"The sooner we get rid of him the better if he is having to think about it and he's the vice-captain."
But Pattinson said: "We're right behind Shane as a team. We definitely think he can come back and do a great job for the team.
"He's a fantastic guy and we'd love to have him back come the fourth Test if all goes well back home."
Captain Michael Clarke hopes the punishment serves to ensure there will be no repeat of this week's incident.
"We owe the game a hell of a lot every time we walk out on to the field, not the other way around," he said.
"To me not only is it disrespecting the team, not handing this information in, but it's disrespecting the head coach and that is unacceptable at any level.
"I think it's the toughest punishment you can have, to miss a game for Australia - let alone a Test match - it doesn't get any tougher than that in my opinion. I don't think we'll have another incident like this.
"We can't afford to drop our standards because a couple of players are not reaching them.
"We've got a lot of young players with a bright future for Australian cricket and we need to help them and be patient. But when it comes to discipline and standards, you set them high and you make it very clear to players this is what's acceptable and this is what isn't acceptable."
Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard said: "Over a period of time, [to try and improve] the discipline of the whole system, to get better, that's what the team performance review is about.
"There are people that are doing this and raising the level and there are other people that are taking longer to get on board.
"There have been plenty of warnings and as a consequence, you eventually have to make a call and that call was made. Not easy, I appreciate that.
"You can only get your last chance so many times."
Howard did not see any reason why the four disciplined players could not work with Arthur again.
"Mickey and Michael are unbelievably united on this," Howard said.
"I've spoken to the board, I've spoken with James Sutherland the CEO, it's a collective."
A statement from Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh read: "While opinions will be divided, what is most important right now is the need for everyone in Australian cricket to rally together and put all their energy into getting the Australian team winning again.
"As with any issue affecting players, we are in contact with all those involved and will continue to support them."