Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day December 4, 2011

Pattinson sets up Australia's nine-wicket win


Australia 427 (Clarke 139, Haddin 80, Martin 3-89) and 1 for 19 beat New Zealand 295 (Vettori 96, Brownlie 77, Lyon 4-69) and 150 (Brownlie 42, Pattinson 5-27, Lyon 3-19) by nine wickets
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James Pattinson achieved in Brisbane what Nathan Lyon managed in Galle and Pat Cummins accomplished in Johannesburg: a five-wicket haul on Test debut to help Australia to victory. The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series with a dominant display in the field, ensuring that Michael Clarke's record as full-time captain - he has not lost a series since taking over from Ricky Ponting - will remain intact.

The second over of the day was a triple-wicket maiden from Pattinson that almost brought him a hat-trick as well, and New Zealand did not recover from the trauma of those first ten minutes of play. Through a fighting innings from Dean Brownlie and a counterattacking 36 from Jesse Ryder they did make Australia bat again, but victory for Clarke's side was a matter of when, not if, and they were ultimately set 19 runs to win.

Not that the chase was without its own drama: Phillip Hughes was caught at gully for 7 when he tried to steer Chris Martin through a small gap, the ball after he was dropped at second slip by Brendon McCullum. Hughes is becoming a feast-or-famine prospect for Australia, having scored 0, 126, 9, 9, 88, 11, 10 and 7 in his past four Tests.

Two strong scores in that time is a concern, although he is likely to have the Hobart Test to rectify his trend with neither Shane Watson nor Shaun Marsh expected to be rushed back from injury. David Warner struck the winning runs, a fierce pull for four off Doug Bracewell, and finished unbeaten on 12 from four deliveries, with Usman Khawaja at the other end on 0.

Not that much can be taken from Warner's display in such a tiny chase, but it did complete a memorable match for Australia's three debutants. Warner took four catches, Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets in the first innings, although he became less threatening as the game wore on, and Pattinson demolished the New Zealand top order in a stunning spell on the fourth morning.

Pattinson finished with 5 for 27 and, like Cummins and Lyon, his five-for on Test debut was also his first five-wicket collection in a first-class innings. Having struck before stumps on the third day, Pattinson picked up where he left off in a remarkable over that brought three wickets as New Zealand failed to handle Pattinson's fine outswing.

Martin Guptill (12) got a short ball that was fended to Khawaja at short leg and two balls later, Kane Williamson sent a regulation edge to Ricky Ponting at second slip. Ross Taylor also failed to counteract the swing of Pattinson and tickled a catch behind first ball, to leave Pattinson on a hat-trick, which almost came thanks to a wonderful yorker that Ryder was slow on.

Fortunately for Ryder, the ball was just a fraction wide of off stump, but Pattinson's wickets kept coming a few overs later when the nightwatchman Bracewell edged behind for 2. Pattinson had the extraordinary figures of seven overs, five maidens, 5 for 7. It was the sort of display that, combined with the emergence of Cummins in South Africa, promised a bright future for Australia's pace department.

Lyon deserved credit as well for picking up 3 for 19, taking his tally to seven wickets for the match. He bowled with impressive flight and turned the ball significantly, and it was Clarke's confident use of the offspinner that ended Ryder's near run-a-ball innings on 36 when he lazily lofted to mid-off, failing to clear the infield as he intended.

It was a terrible piece of judgment from Ryder, who as one of the last recognised batsmen needed to settle in for a long innings. His departure left New Zealand at 6 for 69, and it was only through Brownlie and Daniel Vettori that the visitors made Australia bat again.

Brownlie was again impressive after his first-innings half-century but straight after lunch he was caught upper-cutting off Peter Siddle for 42, trying for some quick runs as his partners ran out. Vettori (17) had gone in the last over before lunch when he tried to steer Michael Hussey's medium-pace to third man and was taken at slip.

Without Watson in his attack, Clarke showed a willingness to try different things, although Hussey has become something of a golden arm under Clarke's captaincy, with three wickets at an average of 15, compared to two wickets in 58 Test under Ponting. Warner even bowled an over of legspin and nearly struck first ball when Brownlie's flat pull was dropped at deep midwicket by a diving Pattinson.

Lyon collected the final two wickets, including Martin caught at mid-off for his 31st Test duck. It left Australia certain of retaining their powerful record at the Gabba, where they have not lost a Test since 1988. They will head to Hobart confident: Australia have never lost a Test at the venue.

New Zealand have drawn two of the three Tests they've played at Bellerive, but a more mature batting display will be required for them to avoid losing the series 2-0. None of their top five made a half-century in this game. They have four days to work out why.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Martin on December 6, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - we've learned to love your tongue in cheek comments! You really are a character! "before the mighty Indians arrive...." he-he! That'll be fun to watch!

  • Mark on December 6, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    First time look at J.Pattinson, that action, very G.McGrath like!! (obviously without the wrist snap & accuracy). But he seems to have 145-150 kph speed & controlled swing! B.Lee like!! A good combination of both I may say, height around 190+ cm, & strong... --In the first inn's M.Starc looked good also, could I say, with those long legs & action, very B.Reid like!! (obviously without the control yet). He seems alittle stronger build(which wouldn't be hard), good pace 140-145 kph movement & tall 195+ cm... So I'd like to see them both, a little more. --You know, P.Siddle is going to have to stay accurate with good pace 145-150 kph, to keep his spot, beyond this season.

  • Randolph on December 5, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, no one cares about the United XI. THeir popgun attack got to the number #1 position due to a weakened Aus side, we all know that. Now that we are better than the United XI don't expect to be there fro long.

  • Ben on December 5, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I don't know if you were referencing my comments @dunger.bob but it's good you can name all of two attacking Aussie opening bats. What about Mark Taylor, Geoff Marsh, Justin Langer...blunt the new ball attack and let the agressors make hay...its called excellent test match when you're 300(ish)-0 or 514-1. I'm a fan of Warner but I think someone here said he looked good...after 9 balls?! Hughes has at least had some success so I personally think it would be wrong to drop him. I think you're most correct batsman should be opening, look at Dravid in England. I think Hussey is a waste down at number 6. Selectors can't just say 'well that's how we've always played' England unashamedly went and copied some of the Australian ways and test match wise it is now paying off. Unfortunately, I think Oz are copying England's former mistakes of picking anyone who's had a little success in the domestic competition and shoving them in.

  • Srinivasan on December 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @JamesWayne: If you look at Australia's record, 70% of the wins have come against weak teams like England, New Zealand. What you are talking about? Just 1 series win in India for last 25 years, that says the story.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    copeland another bright guy for australia.

  • Steven on December 5, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Disgusting effort from the black caps. Time we learnt how to bat time, Vettori and Brownlie did so well in the first innings, why can't our top order do the same?!

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    australia are getiing perfect next generation bowlers who have good physique such as allistar mcdernott ,josh hazzelwood, mitchell starc, james pattinkson ,patrick cummins and mitchell marsh their pace pattery is improving.Batsman might be aware of them.But they dont have spinner.

  • Wayne on December 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @cool2cool Well, as I had said you people like to go in history. Then let us go back to India's lowest that is 32. Talking of Australia's disastrous 47, it should be noted that there would have been no other team in history except Australia who would have come back and won the next test match after getting dismissed for 47. Australia came back as only Australia can, winning the next test against South Africa. Talking about India, they have won around 110 tests in their 80 year history in test cricket whereas Ricky Ponting has featured in 102 test wins in 15 years. So don't talk too much about India's record as we all know that they only excel in India and out of the 110 test wins, India have won around 60% against teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, Zimbabwe etc. They better stay in India and play average teams so that they can become number one again. Real shame all of them.

  • j on December 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Well done to Pattison, by no means near the 7-fer Jimmy Anderson got against New Zealand a couple of seasons ago. Two weak teams and a pretty uninspiring test match. The rest of the cricketing world awaits the next real series: When England continue their dominating ride at the top. Having left everyone in their wake and silenced all the critics, it'll be great to see the top team in the world in a really competitive series.

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