Sunday 4 December 2011 

Pattinson Bowls Australia To Convincing Victory

Pattinson Bowls Australia To Convincing Victory
Pattinson Bowls Australia To Convincing Victory
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Australia 427 (Clarke 139) & 19-1 beat
New Zealand 295 & 150 (Pattinson 5-27) by 9 wickets
First Test, Brisbane
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James Pattinson returned figures of five for 27 as Australia emphatically beat New Zealand by nine wickets on day four of the opening Test in Brisbane.

The debutant's haul saw New Zealand bowled out for just 150 in their second innings and Australia closed out the game by reaching 19 for the loss of Phillip Hughes' wicket.

New Zealand resumed on ten for one - still 132 adrift but only just forced Australia to bat again as they were blown away by Pattinson, Nathan Lyon (3-19), Peter Siddle (1-44) and Michael Hussey (1-7).

Pattinson delivered a wonderful first spell that saw off New Zealand's top five batsmen - the first of which, Brendon McCullum, had been dismissed on day three - as the Black Caps collapsed to 28 for five.

Martin Guptill (12), Doug Bracewell (2), Kane Williamson (0) and Ross Taylor (0) were all caught as Australia threatened to charge to an innings victory.

Guptill, Williamson and Taylor were all dismissed in the 18th over as the youngster snaffled three wickets in four balls.

Jesse Ryder (36) and Dean Brownlie (42) then arrested the slide with a 41-run partnership for the sixth wicket while Daniel Vettori (17) helped Brownlie add a further 52 for the seventh wicket as New Zealand battled in vain to repair the damage.

Lyon dismissed Ryder, Siddle had Brownlie caught by David Warner and Hussey got his wicket when Vettori was caught by Michael Clarke.

Lyon then removed Tim Southee for eight and Chris Martin without scoring although New Zealand, for whom Reece Young was unbeaten on 11, did at least get themselves back into a slender overall lead of 18.

Hughes then fell when he was caught by Guptill off Martin before David Warner hit 12 in just four balls to end the contest.

Clarke's fluent 137 in Australia's first innings of 427 put his side in a dominant position after they had dismissed New Zealand for 295 on the first two days of the game.

The second Test begins in Hobart on 8th December and Australia have moved already to put all-rounder Daniel Christian on standby for the game.

© Cricket World 2011