Australian young quick James Pattinson has said he has no regrets over sledging South Africa captain Graeme Smith during the first Test match at Brisbane, and added that he is planning to do the same again at the Adelaide Test next week.
"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'," News.com.au quoted Pattinson, as saying.
"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. If that's firing up and saying a couple of words to those people I don't think it really matters who it is," he added.
"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," he said.
Pattinson added: "I really respect what they've done in cricket. 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," he said.