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

Pattinson makes it three

Australia's bowling, so unthreatening during the Ashes last summer, appears to be rediscovering its elements of mystery, danger and excitement with a trio of bewitching debuts in the space of six Test matches.
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First Nathan Lyon, then Pat Cummins, and now James Pattinson. Australia's bowling, so unthreatening during the Ashes last summer, appears to be rediscovering its elements of mystery, danger and excitement with a trio of bewitching debuts in the space of six Test matches.

Pattinson's blink-or-you'll-miss-it destruction of a fading New Zealand on the fourth morning of the first Test in Brisbane was as thrilling for Australia as Lyon's five against Sri Lanka in Galle, and Cummins' wickets and winning runs to stun South Africa in Johannesburg.

The fascinating thing about Pattinson's spell, which began with the wicket of Brendon McCullum on the third evening and peaked with three wickets in four balls - Jesse Ryder retained his off stump by a centimetre or two on the hat-trick ball - in his first over on the fourth, is that it had been a relatively long time coming. Unlike Lyon and Cummins, each introduced to the Test team on the strength of their promise within 12 months of a first-class debut, 21-year-old Pattinson had been building up to his baggy green cap for some time. He first toured with Australia to India in late 2010, and has whirred down over upon over in the nets across four overseas trips with the national team. On that first trip Pattinson left a distinct impression with all the batsmen who faced him, and only a back complaint prevented him from edging closer to the Test XI in the summer that followed.

Such growing pains are considered inevitable among those who have known the challenge of bowling swiftly for their country, and Pattinson returned stronger still. His innate speed and bounce have been augmented by the development of a powerful physique, a torso convex where once it was concave. The time in the wings has also allowed Pattinson to adapt from the "dry", short of length bowling desired by his state, Victoria, to the fuller and more swinging approach favoured by Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott. Possessing quite pronounced natural curve away from the bat, Pattinson has developed the ability and the inclination to pitch the ball further up, something he was richly rewarded for at the Gabba.

McDermott's role in this is not to be underestimated, for he has spent as much time with Pattinson as any other member of the Australian attack in recent months. As the reserve bowler in Sri Lanka, Pattinson spent an awful lot of time delivering to McDermott's baseball mitt rather than Brad Haddin's gloves, and had to deal with the frustrations of a non-playing tourist. In this case, McDermott's empathy, having lived every experience of a young fast bowler both in and out of the Australian team, has proved invaluable. After spending so much time with Pattinson, there was even a hint of disappointment in McDermott when Cummins was chosen first.

"I think it's been very helpful, particularly with young guys like James Pattinson," McDermott said in South Africa. "Throughout the Sri Lanka tour he trained his backside off day in, day out and didn't really play much cricket. He's come to South Africa and bowled very well in the T20s and was unlucky to not stay on for the Tests."

Much as Pattinson had to wait a little longer for his Test debut, he also had to wait until the second innings to find his best rhythm. Handed the new ball by Michael Clarke on the first morning, Pattinson was understandably nervous, and his palms grew clammier with each brazen stroke by McCullum. Importantly, few of the runs Pattinson leaked were to deliveries fired halfway down the pitch, instead they were full, swinging and loaded with risk for any batsman choosing to chase them. A better second spell would account for the captain Ross Taylor, who dragged onto his stumps in reckless fashion in the same over the bowler had muddled him by moving the ball into him and also away.

Having claimed a first wicket and batted capably in Australia's 427, Pattinson emerged for the second innings with a clearer head. Granted a brief burst at New Zealand's openers, he added direction and venom to the swing of the first innings, and capped a quartet of overs for one run by drawing McCullum into an edge to second slip. Swift, seaming and indeterminate of length, it would have been difficult to bowl a better delivery to a top order batsman late in the day.

When play resumed this morning Pattinson found it was equally useful when those same batsmen were starting again. Variety accounted for Martin Guptill, squeezing a rib-bound rocket to short leg, before Kane Williamson, Taylor and the nightwatchman Doug Bracewell fenced dimly at the away swing and offered catches to the cordon. Late arrivals to the ground blinked at a scoreboard reading 5-28, Pattinson 5-7, and the match decided.

Lyon, now a comparative veteran of six Tests, claimed a hopelessly befuddled Jesse Ryder as the next wicket on his way to another exceptionally tidy match analysis of 7-88. With Cummins soon to return from the inconvenience of a bruised heel, Australia's bowling ensemble is starting to look as rich in 2011-12 as it seemed poor only a season ago. Clarke now has high speed, late swing, and beguiling spin to call on. He is becoming spoiled for choice, where at times his predecessor Ricky Ponting struggled to know who to throw the ball to.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on December 7, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @Si Baker, ouch, awesome burn there, and oh so true!

  • Meety on December 6, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Abishek Gopal - on (December 05 2011, 18:53 PM GMT "whose only blemish was the English tour" - I would hardly say their performance against the WIndies is overly inspiring! LOL!

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey: are you talking about the same England "joke bowling attack" against whom India failed to score over 300 even ONCE in eight completed innings? As for England "never" winning Tests abroad: since the beginning of 2010 we've played seven overseas Tests (including a five-Test Ashes series), of which we've won five, with one defeat & a solitary draw. During the same timespan, we've played 13 Tests at home, winning 10, drawing two (both against Sri Lanka; & in both of which we'd have cantered to victory but for rain interruptions) & losing just one. That's an overall record of 15 victories, three draws & just two defeats in 20 Tests. During the same time period, India have played 23 Tests, winning a paltry nine, drawing seven & losing seven. While England - along with Australia, South Africa & Pakistan - now comprise cricket's de facto Premier League, India have become a mediocre mid-table team pretty much on a par with the West Indies, Sri Lanka & New Zealand.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Well done cummins lyon n pattinson... bt dont u worry guys.. u ve gt a series lined up wid India.. whose only blemish was the English tour.. n yes tht needs to b rectified.... ! and will be done in style.. just w8 n watch folks

  • chicko1983 on December 5, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Zen boomerang, I really lie that team.

  • maddinson on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    seems like not many have seen Hazlewood, he is as good as cummins and pattinson. Agreed that faulkner is the best option if aussie selectors need a left armer, he is a genuine allrounder and have better fitness than watson and even mitch marsh to cope with the responsibilities of a genuine allrounder.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    england has ha joke bowling attack in green tracks they look lion as help goes they look like worst than indian domesticbowler james anderson 90 two times in world cup lollllllllha ha ha worst team neva won anything since cric started amazing thing neva won world cup most times playing in eng neva won test outside england even in england they lost last two series to india still england people always cry so sad yar

  • vparisa on December 5, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    @Kaze, i agree India does not have a great bowling unit, but i only meant to compare the batting problems both Indians and Aussie seem to have off late. I bet India wont lose 4-0 mate. Its not going to happen again. But i must admin Australia is forming a pretty good attack. @dunger.bob, i am only reiterating what pup admitted to in the press conference, the pitch had no daemons.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Great to see the Aussie young guns warming up for their forthcoming demolition of India, who only managed to avoid a humiliating 2-1 home defeat in their recent series against the Windies due to the West Indian batsmen collectively losing their heads at Delhi & Bombay. Against similar bowlers to Cummins, Pattinson & Harris (i.e. Broad, Anderson & Bresnan) during the summer, India were abysmal: Sehwag was an embarrassment, Gambhir looked terrified every time he went to the crease (no wonder he left the tour early with yet another highly suspect Indian 'injury'), Tendulkar & Laxman played like tyros who'd never seen a swinging or seaming delivery before, & both Yuvraj, Raina & Dhoni showed about as much aptitude against the short ball as my granny (& she's dead). If the Aussie fans think the Kiwi batsmen are inept against swing, seam & bounce, you have a rare treat in store for the second part of your summer...

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @dunger.bob - not until India get belted back to Bangalore.

  • RandyOZ on December 7, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @Si Baker, ouch, awesome burn there, and oh so true!

  • Meety on December 6, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Abishek Gopal - on (December 05 2011, 18:53 PM GMT "whose only blemish was the English tour" - I would hardly say their performance against the WIndies is overly inspiring! LOL!

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey: are you talking about the same England "joke bowling attack" against whom India failed to score over 300 even ONCE in eight completed innings? As for England "never" winning Tests abroad: since the beginning of 2010 we've played seven overseas Tests (including a five-Test Ashes series), of which we've won five, with one defeat & a solitary draw. During the same timespan, we've played 13 Tests at home, winning 10, drawing two (both against Sri Lanka; & in both of which we'd have cantered to victory but for rain interruptions) & losing just one. That's an overall record of 15 victories, three draws & just two defeats in 20 Tests. During the same time period, India have played 23 Tests, winning a paltry nine, drawing seven & losing seven. While England - along with Australia, South Africa & Pakistan - now comprise cricket's de facto Premier League, India have become a mediocre mid-table team pretty much on a par with the West Indies, Sri Lanka & New Zealand.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Well done cummins lyon n pattinson... bt dont u worry guys.. u ve gt a series lined up wid India.. whose only blemish was the English tour.. n yes tht needs to b rectified.... ! and will be done in style.. just w8 n watch folks

  • chicko1983 on December 5, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Zen boomerang, I really lie that team.

  • maddinson on December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    seems like not many have seen Hazlewood, he is as good as cummins and pattinson. Agreed that faulkner is the best option if aussie selectors need a left armer, he is a genuine allrounder and have better fitness than watson and even mitch marsh to cope with the responsibilities of a genuine allrounder.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    england has ha joke bowling attack in green tracks they look lion as help goes they look like worst than indian domesticbowler james anderson 90 two times in world cup lollllllllha ha ha worst team neva won anything since cric started amazing thing neva won world cup most times playing in eng neva won test outside england even in england they lost last two series to india still england people always cry so sad yar

  • vparisa on December 5, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    @Kaze, i agree India does not have a great bowling unit, but i only meant to compare the batting problems both Indians and Aussie seem to have off late. I bet India wont lose 4-0 mate. Its not going to happen again. But i must admin Australia is forming a pretty good attack. @dunger.bob, i am only reiterating what pup admitted to in the press conference, the pitch had no daemons.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Great to see the Aussie young guns warming up for their forthcoming demolition of India, who only managed to avoid a humiliating 2-1 home defeat in their recent series against the Windies due to the West Indian batsmen collectively losing their heads at Delhi & Bombay. Against similar bowlers to Cummins, Pattinson & Harris (i.e. Broad, Anderson & Bresnan) during the summer, India were abysmal: Sehwag was an embarrassment, Gambhir looked terrified every time he went to the crease (no wonder he left the tour early with yet another highly suspect Indian 'injury'), Tendulkar & Laxman played like tyros who'd never seen a swinging or seaming delivery before, & both Yuvraj, Raina & Dhoni showed about as much aptitude against the short ball as my granny (& she's dead). If the Aussie fans think the Kiwi batsmen are inept against swing, seam & bounce, you have a rare treat in store for the second part of your summer...

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @dunger.bob - not until India get belted back to Bangalore.

  • dunger.bob on December 5, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Almost forgot, @ vparisa. You said that Australia were bowled out for 47 on a "pitch with little spice!!".

    But weren't South Africa bowled out for 90 odd on the dame pitch, on the same day ! Sounds as though it may have had just a bit of spice in it. 20 or so wickets in one day is not exactly normal, not yet at least.

  • ravi_hari on December 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    2011 has been the year of debutants. Lyon, Marsh, Cummins, Pattinson for Aussies, Philander for SA, Ashwin for India, all have excelled in their first test and continued their good work. It is heartening to see that most of them are quite young. Seeing two off-spinners inthe lot is very encouraging as these two would put pressure on Swann to vie for the top spot . Ashwin and Lyon have a long way to go but if they improve in the next couple of seasons, they would be really fighting for the top spot. Lyon atleast has no competition and can play for a longer time. Ashwin though has to keep performing to keep Bhajji at bay. On helpful tracks the task might be easier for Ashwin. Fast bowlers Philander, Pattinson and Cummins have experienced co-bowlers and coaches to look after them and it would be interesting to see how they cope with stress, competition and form. The safest among all is Marsh as he seems to be in sellers market. Goog sign for cricket with young guns blazing away. Ravi

  • Shams on December 5, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Let's wait until the end of the season until the attack bowls against better batsmen and in more batsmen friendly conditions. We'll know then how bright the bowling prospects are?

  • Drew2 on December 5, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @s.sreekant. Butterworth has done very well at domestic level, but he's not quick enough. In Test cricket on flat tracks he would be cannon fodder for batting line ups such as India.

  • zenboomerang on December 5, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    @bobagorof... lol... no players were dropped... lol... all injured... So you think Watson should be dropped from the Test team?... lol... His bowling is second only to Harris in Tests over the last 12 mths... Both are picked instantly they have fully recovered... Melb Test v India - Warner, Hussey, Marsh, Ponting, Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Harris, Pattinson, Cummins, Lyon... - or would you keep Siddle in to replace who?...

  • Kaze on December 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    @vparisa I guess you figure that India have a fast bowling attack that is on par with SA. I bet India don't get Aus out for under 300 in any innings of the upcoming series.

  • Vishnu27 on December 5, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: "by no means near the 7-fer Jimmy Anderson got against New Zealand a couple of seasons ago"!! What piffle. You are talking about Anderson who was in his sixth season as test player when he got those figures! This was James Pattinson's debut test. In the 2nd dig Pattinson bowled an immaculate line & length, got nice shape & with menace & hostility (& real pace James Anderson could never muster). You can only bowl against who you are playing. James Pattinson destroyed NZ early yesterday morning. Test match over. Lets see England hold the number one ranking for more than 12 months & then you can carry on with the bluster & braggadocio. Not too many worries about that happening. England will never have a cricketing dynasty or the wood over Australia for too long (definitely not 25 long years)

  • pikk0n on December 5, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @Kaze: Would be a great bowling line-up but it's Pattinson. :p Patterson's this new NSW batsman who scored 161 on debut in his first innings in first class cricket just recently. If I'm not mistaken the third youngest batsman to score a century in Australian FC cricket. This was followed by a score of 8* not out. I'm sure he'd figure in future test matches though so good prediction there. Doubt he'd bowl much unless they need him for his part-time offies. Before the NSW haters start banging the door down, it's not the fault of NSW that their youngsters keep performing the way they do. Other states have a few good youngsters but almost none with sub 25 bowling averages and sub 45 batting averages. If players from other states show promise below 25 years of age, they'd be picked too! Johnson, Cutting and Pattinson are all non-NSW players and neither is Lyon. They are the few non-NSW players who performed well despite their age.

  • Stevo_ on December 5, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Lets not get too excited - it was only NZ

  • Dashgar on December 5, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Great to see the young guys performing and as has been discussed we have more in the sheds awaiting their turn. I'm not saying rush them all in but when Australia were at their best in the late nineties/early 00s we had McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, Fleming, Reiffel, Kasperwitz, Bracken, Bichel as well as the spin of Warne, McGill, Hogg and Miller. You need depth in your bowling or you come into troubles with injuries. Fast bowlers will get injured but if we can be replacing players with Coulter-Nile, Cutting, Duffield, George, Faulkner, Herrick or Hazelwood we must be in pretty good shape. Spin depth is still an issue but with Boyce, O'Keefe and Maxwell rising through the ranks maybe it won't be for long.

  • Claydo78 on December 5, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Pattinson spell in the 2nd innings was superb! Its amazing what happens when we pitch the ball up and give the ball a half chance to swing! Take note siddle, johnson and co. pitch the ball up and the bouncer should be the surprise ball not the other way around. Im happy to be proved wrong about this bowling attack. Australia have made a rod for their own back though, who gets dropped when cummins and harris are fit again, both are shoe ins to come back into the team, so 2 bowlers have to miss out. its another reason why handing a cap to christian doesnt make any sense, no matter how well the guy does, a 100 on debut and 10 wickets for the match, when wato is fit he will get dropped!

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 5, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    This is Australia's best team [when all fit]. Marsh, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Wade, Harris, Cummins, Lyon, Pattinson.

  • Chris_Howard on December 5, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    I wouldn't be reading too much into it yet - this has been the year of bowlers getting 5-fors on debut,as Cricinfo recently wrote http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/541895.html What's more, historically, bowlers taking 5-for on debut don't necessarily have a reputation of going onto good careers. It's not an indicator.

  • AvidCricFan on December 4, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Lets see how India's tired legs match up with this attack. For India, it may become repeat of the English summar.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Irrespective of which team you support, you have to be excited by such talent with promise. Today, there are only a handful of exciting tearaways or tweakers who can inspire fear in the batsmen. It would really be nice to see menacing bowlers come back into the fray. Line and length is all very nice, but as a great quick once said "The additional pace introduces a new dimension - a fear in the batsman that he could get hurt".

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Unless weather interveens I don't see us losing a test match for many years. Our team has already surpassed the United XI and India, and is hot on the heels of an SA side, who we would've smashed in a 3rd test.

  • bobagorof on December 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Note to selectors: It's amazing what can happen when you drop players who aren't performing, and give a chance to ones who are.

  • straight_drive4 on December 4, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    @Kaze - spot on bowling attack... very dangerous. if harris gets injured id swap him with copeland as it will greatly benefit the spinner having pressure on one end. very good times ahead...

  • TallPaul78 on December 4, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Nice debut from "little Patto", and if you think less about the opposition's supposed lack of quality, and more about what/how he bowled 2nd innings it's hard not to get excited. 145-150kph accurate outswingers, they'll trouble anyone. A way to go with him and Cummins in terms of physical development & consistency but they look good early. Both benefited from debuts on pacy tracks too. Siddle gets written off too easily and is an excellent 3rd seamer option as he can do the grunt work and bowls fast all day long. You might be thankful for the woodchopper late arvo during the Adelaide test when Sachin and the Wall are set, the pitch is dead, it's 38 degrees and the swing bowling kids are too tired to hit 130kph.

  • vparisa on December 4, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @Kaze, Yeah i wish they are fast as they come. The only problem though is recently Australia crumbled to 23/9 and then 47 all out on a pitch with little spice!!

  • Kaze on December 4, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Harris, Cummins, Patterson and Lyon supported by Watson, Clarke and Hussey for the India series. Just need fast tracks and 4-0 to Aus

  • Matt. on December 4, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    ps very funny brittop :). without doubt the worst bowling attack Australia has ever seen

  • Matt. on December 4, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Bowing resources are indeed looking good, although trying not to count chickens before we see consistent bowling over a long period of time. I hope they send Starc back to Shield for a while, don't feel he is ready yet, too inconsistent. Cutting should also get an opportunity at some point this summer when fit

  • big_al_81 on December 4, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    I'm another England fan who is glad to see more promising signs for Australia... I think...We don't want to have things too easy. Oh...I don't know... maybe we do... But in all seriousness, you really don't want to be getting too excited about these guys as they haven't been tested against any decent sides yet apart from SA. That's why I think Cummins was the best debut of the three. SA to my mind have the best batting line up in world cricket and to get the wickets he did (at the age of 18) is far better than Pattinson's good work against a rubbish NZ or even Lyon's more impressive haul in SL - it was away, but it was against the worst SL side in years. At the end of the day, you can, of course only beat what's in front of you but with NZ sadly, for the moment, that's not very hard.

  • SamAsh07 on December 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Come on guys, get real, naming more domestic stars isn't required, what to do you want Aussies to do? Go in field with 11 young bowlers?? Cummins, Pattinson and Lyon are great, need to continue with them instead of rotating youngsters around.

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    ================================== Pattinson has very good temperament, physique, style, attitude and ability. He is an excellent person to take away Mitch John's place. ==================================

  • Peterincanada on December 4, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    A good bowling performance by Pattinson and Lyon but bear in mind it was against a weak NZ side. The Aus folks have a right to be optimistic but I agree that India will be an upgrade although they are not the invincibles that their supporters claim them to be. While Johnson occasionally blasted out teams I think Pattinson and Cummins being more technically correct, have brighter futures. I think the batting is more of a concern than the bowling.

  • Wefinishthis on December 4, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    He's already done more than Hilfenhaus (ie taking a 5-for), but NZ are a 2nd tier team!

    RandyOZ, s.sreekant you both talk too much sense for Australian selectors.

    My ideal bowling unit would be O'Keefe, Harris, Copeland, Cummins w/Butterworth, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, Pattinson and Lyon in the squad for when injuries and form drops occur.

    Starc is rubbish who never deserved his go and Siddle is just a 2nd rate bowler with a terrible record. Bollinger isn't bad, but not great either and as for Hilfenhaus, Johnson, Beer and Doherty, I can only shake my head in disappointment at the selectors for ever thinking they were the best bowlers in the country.

  • landl47 on December 4, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Pattinson bowled very well and I like his action and physique. He's not as quick as Cummins but might prove to be the better bowler in the end. Suggesting Clarke is spoiled for choice might be a bit premature; this was a pretty bad batting display by NZ. The India series will be a better benchmark for where the young Australia bowlers are now. Still, it's great to see promising young quick bowlers in the Aussie line-up again, for the first time in many years.

  • on December 4, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    I have to say this . Cummins , cutting , starc and pattinson boy this attack is going to be frightening .

  • NALINWIJ on December 4, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    To bowl fast, pitch it well outside off stump with a bit of swing is the simple formula of success if you are good enough. Pattinson did it to perfection today. Well done to McDermott for preaching the formula of success. India should beware and I doubt their bowlers could emulate this.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 4, 2011, 11:52 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.

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @s.sreekant, I agree about Butterworth for sure! I have also been a huge advocate for Coulter-Nile, and I am sure he would be there, but he is injured at the moment and out for at least a month I believe. My ideal attack would be Lyon, Copeland, Cummins and Pattinson. I understand that a lefty is a good option, but Starc just isn't cutting the mustard at the moment. Faulkner could be an option. I am loving these dilemmas though. Talent runs deep!

  • on December 4, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Well done pattinsom, as a victorian I am truly happy with his performance. Starc however I thought was dissapointing and did nothing much, maybe he will do better in hobart, but I would prefer to see copeland back in the squad - I thought he bowled a very impressive length in sri lanka, and his economy rate was superb, he can hold one end while the other bowlers can be more attacking.

    I think by the end of the test summer, pattinson and cummins will have enhanced their reputation. Lyons test comes against india, if he does well in Sydney, then australia will have their next spinner for the next 10 years injury permitting

  • s.sreekant on December 4, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    i dont see much people talk about butterworth,faulkner,coulter nile or even duffield these guys have a better track record than starc atleast butterorth or faulkner should have been looke up ahead of starc n if they wanted a variation as in a left armer they should have gvn to faulkner who can also bat and swing the ball better than starc. this just ridiculous i very much pity for butterworth who was the top wicket taker and was in his prime. I think mostly he will retire frm without playing for asutralia(already 28 he is) and it must be frustrating for him nt getting selected and juz keep playing domestic alone

  • Wasim_Wasamadroota on December 4, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    When you see Pattinson consistently send the ball down pitched up with seem upright and angled towards first slip ala Dale Steyn you can't help but get excited - a long way to go but clearly looks the goods. Ten years coaching and Mitchell Johnson still can't learn this art - goodbye Johnson, maybe reincarnate yourself as a specialist batsman. The ultimate challenge awaits this summer though with the Indian batsmen in good form. Time to prepare some spicy greentops.

  • brittop on December 4, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Bring back Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, Beer, Doherty etc. Have hardly had time to enjoy Australia not being very good! @Chris_P: Frank Hearne played for South Africa against his brothers Alec & George (playing for England) in 1892.

  • spence1324 on December 4, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    You know what im an england fan but I am happy that aus have found some new quicks, along with the bowling attacks of england and Sa and possibly WI there could and should be a revival in good fast bowling contests of the like we have not see in a fair while, ah ah just no body tell the indians because they will only just moan from feeling left out LOL!

  • jmcilhinney on December 4, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Australia certainly do have some exciting young prospects in the fast bowling department. Assuming that they can maintain reasonable performances, it will be interesting to see how quickly the selectors choose to clear out the old guard. You can't put too much stock in a single good performance but, if they keep it up, it's hard to see Johnson returning to the team. With Harris and Johnson out for a while, it's definitely a chance for Cummins and Pattison at least to make hay. Micthell Starc needs to perform in the rest of this series or he'll have missed his opportunity for now because I can't imagine the selectors going with three inexperienced quicks together, which would mean that Siddle might be safe for now. It's a bad time for Cutting to be hurt too, with competition for places heating up.

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @dsig3, couldn't agree more. Lyon is impressing me more and more. 7 wickets on debut at the Gabba, could not have asked for more. The concern is Starc, he is as bad as Jono. His bowling is way way WAY too short, and is very frustrating. He can become a great but I believe he needs at LEAST one more full season in Shield cricket bagging tons of wickets. Pitch it up Mitch! Pattinson, well what more do I need to say? I have been advocating for him to get in the side for a long time, if only it wasn't with Siddle!

  • Okakaboka on December 4, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Yes, very impressive effort from Pattinson. He and Siddle always looked threatening...like they could take a wicket anytime. Lyon.... Makes Krejza and pals look like hacks. Siddle has stepped up and hopefully we can all look forward to the Pattinson / Cummins combination with a determined Pete Siddle determined not to lose his place to Harris. Fancy having 3 bowlers all capable of hitting 150 kms. Well done to Craig McDermott.... he clearly is earning his money. Has taught Siddle to swing the ball. The true test will come in the next test.... but there is now no weakness in the bowling attack!

  • RJHB on December 4, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I can hear the cynical voices already saying "It was only NZ" but that was very exciting by Pattinson, Lyon and the rest, minus Hughes. Starting to feel much better about taking on India again who still have an excellent team on paper, and their geriatric batsmen still make runs and command respect. But they've never won a series in Australia, so history is already against them. They don't like our conditions as a whole and whilst Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman have all slayed Australia's bowling at times in the past, who in their right mind at age 35 or 36 wants to take on these young guys bouncing them at Perth at 150km/h?? C'mon Aussies, very soon it'll be time to retire the great Indian batsmen once and for all!! Now if we could just get the batting right!

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    @chris sun - pls look through Brett Lee's career statistics before making comments like that, in 2007 he was the premier fast bowler in the world over 300 test wickets, a great bowler for Australia who will b remembered as such

  • ozwriter on December 4, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    well written piece. well done Dan Brettig. Pattinson in the space of half hour has placed his mark on australian cricketing history. very few can boast figures of 5 for 7 and that too on debut. the only glaring weakness in this team is Phil Hughes and surely he must go. his technique is simply lacking at this level and there is a long list of players on the sideline waiting for there chance.

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Only early days, they have yet to be tested against all other teams. India, Pakistan and England all have stronger batting line ups. WI, ZIM, BAN all have weaker batting line ups. Brett Lee had 7 wickets on debut and ended up only being able to play well against mediocre batting line ups. India will present a tougher challenge of course. Looks like the careers of Bollinger, Harris and Johnson are all about to end. But don't put too much expectations on this young attack. Very promising but the coaching staff must be able to manage the workload of all these players.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Here's hoping the emergence of this pace talent willl put Mitch Johnson out of his misery...

  • Chris_P on December 4, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Very impressive stuff from the youngster. Bowling with pace and moving the ball away always challenges batsmen. On another note, when has there been another instance where 2 brothers have played tests for different countries? Darren Pattinson played 1 test for England in 2008, but we have the right one here!

  • dsig3 on December 4, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    He looked good. He looked like he belonged there to be honest. Time will tell but its a great debut. A bit quick (145-150km/h), swings it a bit. Even more impressive was Lyon, he bowled unbelievably well. I feel comfortable with our spin option now. Have not felt like that since Warne really. Not because he is a world beater, but he is a international level talent and Aus are lucky to have him.

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  • dsig3 on December 4, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    He looked good. He looked like he belonged there to be honest. Time will tell but its a great debut. A bit quick (145-150km/h), swings it a bit. Even more impressive was Lyon, he bowled unbelievably well. I feel comfortable with our spin option now. Have not felt like that since Warne really. Not because he is a world beater, but he is a international level talent and Aus are lucky to have him.

  • Chris_P on December 4, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Very impressive stuff from the youngster. Bowling with pace and moving the ball away always challenges batsmen. On another note, when has there been another instance where 2 brothers have played tests for different countries? Darren Pattinson played 1 test for England in 2008, but we have the right one here!

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Here's hoping the emergence of this pace talent willl put Mitch Johnson out of his misery...

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Only early days, they have yet to be tested against all other teams. India, Pakistan and England all have stronger batting line ups. WI, ZIM, BAN all have weaker batting line ups. Brett Lee had 7 wickets on debut and ended up only being able to play well against mediocre batting line ups. India will present a tougher challenge of course. Looks like the careers of Bollinger, Harris and Johnson are all about to end. But don't put too much expectations on this young attack. Very promising but the coaching staff must be able to manage the workload of all these players.

  • ozwriter on December 4, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    well written piece. well done Dan Brettig. Pattinson in the space of half hour has placed his mark on australian cricketing history. very few can boast figures of 5 for 7 and that too on debut. the only glaring weakness in this team is Phil Hughes and surely he must go. his technique is simply lacking at this level and there is a long list of players on the sideline waiting for there chance.

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    @chris sun - pls look through Brett Lee's career statistics before making comments like that, in 2007 he was the premier fast bowler in the world over 300 test wickets, a great bowler for Australia who will b remembered as such

  • RJHB on December 4, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I can hear the cynical voices already saying "It was only NZ" but that was very exciting by Pattinson, Lyon and the rest, minus Hughes. Starting to feel much better about taking on India again who still have an excellent team on paper, and their geriatric batsmen still make runs and command respect. But they've never won a series in Australia, so history is already against them. They don't like our conditions as a whole and whilst Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman have all slayed Australia's bowling at times in the past, who in their right mind at age 35 or 36 wants to take on these young guys bouncing them at Perth at 150km/h?? C'mon Aussies, very soon it'll be time to retire the great Indian batsmen once and for all!! Now if we could just get the batting right!

  • Okakaboka on December 4, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Yes, very impressive effort from Pattinson. He and Siddle always looked threatening...like they could take a wicket anytime. Lyon.... Makes Krejza and pals look like hacks. Siddle has stepped up and hopefully we can all look forward to the Pattinson / Cummins combination with a determined Pete Siddle determined not to lose his place to Harris. Fancy having 3 bowlers all capable of hitting 150 kms. Well done to Craig McDermott.... he clearly is earning his money. Has taught Siddle to swing the ball. The true test will come in the next test.... but there is now no weakness in the bowling attack!

  • RandyOZ on December 4, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @dsig3, couldn't agree more. Lyon is impressing me more and more. 7 wickets on debut at the Gabba, could not have asked for more. The concern is Starc, he is as bad as Jono. His bowling is way way WAY too short, and is very frustrating. He can become a great but I believe he needs at LEAST one more full season in Shield cricket bagging tons of wickets. Pitch it up Mitch! Pattinson, well what more do I need to say? I have been advocating for him to get in the side for a long time, if only it wasn't with Siddle!

  • jmcilhinney on December 4, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Australia certainly do have some exciting young prospects in the fast bowling department. Assuming that they can maintain reasonable performances, it will be interesting to see how quickly the selectors choose to clear out the old guard. You can't put too much stock in a single good performance but, if they keep it up, it's hard to see Johnson returning to the team. With Harris and Johnson out for a while, it's definitely a chance for Cummins and Pattison at least to make hay. Micthell Starc needs to perform in the rest of this series or he'll have missed his opportunity for now because I can't imagine the selectors going with three inexperienced quicks together, which would mean that Siddle might be safe for now. It's a bad time for Cutting to be hurt too, with competition for places heating up.