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Pattinson gives Aus control on rainy day

Associated Press
Dec 09, 2011 at 12:40pm IST

Hobart: Australian paceman James Pattinson continued his crash course in Test cricket on Friday, 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 5-51 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.

Pattinson gives Aus control on a rainy day

After Pattinson's five-for skittled NZ for 150 at tea, Australia reached 12 for 1 before rain intervened.

Dean Brownlie continued his impressive form with the bat, scoring 56 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 on consecutive balls.

In reply, Australia were 12 for one when rain stopped play, with opener Phil Hughes (4) out cheaply again to a catch behind the wicket.

Hughes, considered lucky to hang onto his opening spot after the first Test, edged a boundary through a crowded slips cordon to get off the mark, but the left-hander again couldn't resist a good ball outside the offstump and angled a Martin delivery to second slip to start the third over. David Warner was unbeaten on seven at stumps.

The pacemen were always likely to dominate on a green wicket and in overcast conditions at the Bellerive Oval, where Australia have never lost a Test match, it was an important toss for Michael Clarke to win.

He wisely elected to bowl first and the Black Caps were all out in 45.5 overs for the same total they made in the second innings of the Gabba Test last week.

Pattinson, who was not in selection reckoning until injuries to Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson exposed a shortage of experienced international bowlers for this series, is already earning a reputation as a destroyer in only his second Test match.

He took three wickets off four balls in the first over on Sunday to hasten New Zealand's second-innings collapse at the Gabba, just missing a hat-trick as he claimed 5-27 in the innings and six wickets for the Test.

Peter Siddle, who is leading the Australian pace attack, made the early breakthroughs and finished with 3-52. Tall left-armer Mitchell Starc, another bowler in his second Test, took the other two wickets on Friday.

Martin Guptill was out in the second over of the match when he drove forward at a good-length delivery from Siddle and edged to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Jesse Ryder, promoted to No. 3, was out lbw on the last ball of the next over, Pattinson's second of the day, as New Zealand slipped to 11 for 2.

Ryder was initially given not out by umpire Nigel Llong but the Australians called for a review and television umpire Aleem Dar overruled the decision.

Ross Taylor (6) was out in similar fashion — this time the TV umpire confirmed the onfield lbw decision and sent the New Zealand captain back to the pavilion.

Kane Williamson (19), opener Brendon McCullum (16) and Reece Young (0) went in quick succession as New Zealand lost three wickets for four runs before lunch.

Resuming in the middle session at 83-6, Doug Bracewell was out for 12, tempted by a Siddle delivery outside offstump that he edged straight to Clarke at first slip.

Tim Southee was out for 18 chasing a wide delivery from Starc that he hit off his stumps and Pattinson took the last two wickets.

Vettori, a 108-Test veteran, woke up on Friday morning with a left hamstring twinge and exacerbated the injury in the warmup. He was replaced by left-arm seamer Trent Boult, who faced five balls without scoring and was unbeaten at the end of the New Zealand innings in his Test debut.

The absence of the 32-year-old Vettori was a major blow for the Black Caps, who missed his resilient batting in the lower middle order and are certain to miss his left-arm orthodox spin.

Australia retained the same starting XI from Brisbane last Sunday, opting not to bring in allrounder Daniel Christian despite questions over Hughes' form and technique.

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