Pattinson claims five in Hobart

December 9, 2011
Hobart

by Aaroncrick

Day 1, Hobart

Australia (12/1) v New Zealand (150)

New Australian sensation James Pattinson ripped through the New Zealand batting line up today, to claim 5-51 in helping Australia dismiss the visitors for just 150 at the Bellerive Oval.

On a rain affected day in Tasmania, only just under 50 over were possible due to late afternoon showers. However, on a wicket offering assistance to all seam bowlers, 11 wickets fell in this short period of Test cricket.

Having dismissed New Zealand in just 45 overs of bowling, Australia had 4.2 overs to bat before the rain came, but managed to lose Phil Hughes in the process, as yet again he was dismissed by Chris Martin. Australia will resume on 12/1 tomorrow morning with David Warner and Usman Khawaja at the crease.

Despite the loss of Hughes, it was yet again Australia who were making the running in this series, and no more so than 21 year old James Pattinson. Pattinson bowled with aggression, and no lack of skill, as the Kiwi batsman had no answer to him, for the second time in a week.

Pattinson was well supported by his Victorian teammate Peter Siddle who picked up 3/42, and Mitchell Starc who claimed the other two New Zealand wickets.

The only New Zealand batsman to pass 20 was Dean Brownlie, who yet again showed his teammates what was required in order to score runs against this Australian bowling line-up. Brownlie mixed defence with attack, as he hit 10 boundaries on his way to a well-made 56 from 85 balls.

New Zealand will need to take further early wickets tomorrow morning if they are to have a chance of resurrecting their chances in this series.

Chris Murtagh 09/12/2011

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