Pattinson continues sparkling start
New Zealand 150 Australia 12-1
The Bellerive Oval
Saturday 10 December 2011
Australia fast bowler James Pattinson continued his crash course in Test cricket yesterday, taking his second five-wicket haul in an as many innings to help dismiss New Zealand for 150 before tea on the opening day of the second Test.
The 21-year-old Pattinson, man-of-the-match on his Test debut in last week's nine-wicket win, returned 5 for 51 against a New Zealand line-up missing ex-captain Daniel Vettori.
Vettori strained his left hamstring and withdrew hours before the match, making him unavailable to play the steady hand the New Zealand innings needed as he did in the first innings of the series-opener at The Gabba, when he fell four runs short of a century.
Australian-born Dean Brownlie continued his impressive form with the bat, scoring 56 – his third half-century in five Test innings – before he was bowled by Pattinson as the last three New Zealand wickets fell for four runs.
Pattinson will start the second innings on a hat-trick after removing Brownlie and No 11 Chris Martin with consecutive balls. In reply, Australia were 12 for 1 when rain stopped play, with opener Phil Hughes out cheaply again to a catch behind the wicket. "When the toss went up, the bowlers were yelling out 'bowl, bowl' – it was a pretty good toss to win," Pattinson said. "The wicket is doing a lot."
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