Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart, 1st day December 9, 2011

Pattinson five-for puts Australia in control


Australia 1 for 12 (Martin 1-12) trail New Zealand 150 (Brownlie 56, Pattinson 5-51, Siddle 3-42) by 138 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Phillip Hughes was caught Martin Guptill, bowled Chris Martin yet again, after Australia's quicks made the most of a verdant Hobart pitch to rout New Zealand for a meagre 150 on a rain-shortened day one of the second Test.

The visitors' abject total was made to look a little rosier by the opening overs of Australia's reply, as Hughes pushed at Martin's angle and offered Guptill a catch for the third time in as many innings. Usman Khawaja also eluded two appeals for caught behind, while the debutant Trent Boult worried David Warner a little with his left-arm swing before the showers arrived at 1 for 12.

Club team-mates Peter Siddle and James Pattinson had shared eight wickets between them for Australia, Siddle plucking two of the first three wickets as he pitched the ball up with intent. Pattinson's five maintained the striking impact he had made on debut in Brisbane, and he will be on a hat-trick in the second innings. Mitchell Starc, though still changeable in his line and length, nipped out the other two.

Of New Zealand's batsmen, Dean Brownlie again showed a steady hand in his punchy 56, while Brendon McCullum fought a losing battle in the most treacherous of the conditions. Theirs were rare hold-ups for Australia's bowlers.

Having struggled against seam, swing and spin in Brisbane, the visitors were in dreadful strife on a pitch that offered plenty of encouragement to the bowlers, having already suffered the loss of Daniel Vettori to a hamstring strain during the warm-ups. Their captain Ross Taylor summed up the team's frustration with an angry reaction to his lbw dismissal.

Michael Clarke has won few tosses as captain, but as in Galle against Sri Lanka, had the benefit of winning one that seemed critical to the final outcome. On a pitch as green and dark in appearance as many experienced observers could remember, Clarke gave his pacemen first use of the ball, and they quickly set about tearing apart New Zealand's fragile top order.

Utilising an intelligent full length, Siddle struck in the day's second over: he seamed one away to clip the outside edge, aided by Martin Guptill's bat being angled towards wide mid on.

Jesse Ryder was promoted to No. 3 but immediately found himself battling against deliveries moving in both directions. Pattinson swung one down the line of middle and leg stumps to pin him in front, but the third umpire Aleem Dar appeared to ignore circumstantial evidence of a faint inside edge in sending Ryder on his way after Clarke had referred the on-field umpire Nigel Llong's initial negative verdict.

Taylor was also lbw, offering no stroke to a Siddle delivery that seamed back sharply towards off stump. He immediately referred the verdict as the ball had seemingly struck him above his back pad, but replays showed a bent right leg and the ball's predicted path clattering into the off bail. Angry to be out, Taylor expressed his displeasure, perhaps encouraged to do so by a few choice words from the Australian celebratory huddle.

A patch of milder cricket followed, McCullum and Kane Williamson fighting as best they could as the hosts momentarily lost their best direction. Starc again swung the ball but could not find the consistency of line he needed, and was a fortunate beneficiary when Williamson swished at a ball curling down the legside only to nick it to Brad Haddin.

Pattinson had returned to the attack to replace Siddle, and found the ball of the morning to account for McCullum after 98 minutes of desperate resistance. McCullum pushed forward at an away swinger that was devious in its change of direction and precise in its length, and snicked behind, cursing once he had done so.

The next man, Reece Young, was beaten twice in three balls, and to his fourth withdrew his bat too late to prevent it from cuffing the ball onto the stumps. At this point there seemed a chance of New Zealand being bowled out by lunch, but Brownlie and Doug Bracewell survived.

On resumption, Brownlie and Bracewell continued to fight under sunnier skies, before Siddle found enough seam to prompt another outside edge, this time held at slip by Clarke. Tim Southee might have been out first ball, Siddle taking the shoulder of his bat then screeching in exasperation as the ball flew at catchable height between Clarke and Ricky Ponting.

Southee managed a couple of firm blows, and stayed with Brownlie until he had passed 50 for the second time in the series. Starc returned to the attack to have Southee dragging on, before Brownlie fell in a similar manner to Pattinson and Chris Martin was bowled first ball.

The visitors had suffered a serious blow even before play began, losing Vettori to left hamstring tightness that he aggravated during the morning warm-up. His place in the XI was taken by the debutant Boult, meaning New Zealand have an all seam bowling attack.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on December 11, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I know Cowan is almost back up to a FC ave of 40 & Rogers still has some legs in him, but I what I saw of Hughes on Day 3, I think he is more than capable of seeing off Sharma, who is no better than Martin (taking into account the last 3 yrs). I'll trust the selectors to make the right decision whatever that is!

  • josh on December 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    @sarath 1948 I disagree with you, T20 batsmen still can perform in test it's all about mental approach, there are plenty of batsman out there shewag , dravid , sanga , mahela kallis all are good players for any fomat of the game.

  • Rajaram on December 10, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Dean Brownlie played grade cricket at Perth, wasn't good enough to be chosen for Western Australia, goes to New Zealand,plays for the Test Team, and in the last 3 innings has scored 3 fifies.Try exporting Phil Hughes to New Zealand. They won't even let him in. Ross Taylor and his team must be laughing their guts out - he dared Australia to select Philip Hughes, they did, and 3 times out of three, Hughes got out for a low score - and all three times - caught in the slips,by Guptill bowled Martin. he will NEVER learn. Drop him forever.He is a burden to our Test Team.

  • Sarath on December 10, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    This is what happens when you employ technically defective batsmen as front-line batters. Test matches are planned for 5 days therefore you have to have openers who are solid in technique and quick in reflexes to overcome conditions aren't conducive for batting. No team can employ T/20 batters as openers, who're always in attacking mood. The good batsman is always properly placed & in a position to leave balls there to be left alone. Sri Lanka is suffering with this same problem for the last 25 years.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    What kind of pitches are with the bowling...............I don't see fun.........there will be more fun with little bit of batting............

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    ChrisMartin has struck thrice to put Aussies in disarray.But Aussies are not easily surrendering type. Of course Martin is. Very good pacer even better than Dale Steyne as far as bowling techniques are concerned.He is good with Bat Too. A good all rounder for NZ. But their score being just 150 ,does not seem to be worth enough to contain the Australians who have proved time and again that they are not sucesptible to pressure &,in easily surrendering.Even Johnson & other bowlers are capable of rising to occasion to deliver with Bat also.So it is not yet time to rejoice for NZ. But still a good challenge to the Australian Bowlers.Unless,Tailor, McLLum,& Vettori do well with bat they still face a big upheaval task! SreedharanMundanat

  • Will on December 10, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    @Ram, an ideal wicket generally flattens out after lunch on the first day. If team B is good enough, they can survive the first session and put up a reasonable score. If it is less than ideal and remains bowler-friendly, it won't magically become a road when Team A comes out, as can be seen this morning.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    aussies 35-4.... ... god i am loving this...

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    ponting gone also... so called legend cannot score on a green pitch... ha haahh haa... come one aussies... whats happening....

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    hmmm... so a green pitch is an ideal pitch.. but turning pitches in sub continent are not sporty... why because english and aussies cannot play spin... lol....hypocrites.. forget aussie bowlers.. even indias club team bowlers will help themselves to a bagful of wickets on these pitches... I want the same pitches for all India matches.. our bowlers have enough bite and dravid,tendulkar,laxman have enough class to shatter the aussies... BRING IT ON.... and for sehwag pitches do not matter...if he is on song no one can stop him... lets see how pattinson copes up with batsmen of such class

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