Victoria v WA, Sheffield Shield, MCG

Pattinson, McKay put Victoria back in game

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

November 2, 2012

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Western Australia 248 and 5 for 76 lead Victoria 219 (McKay 65, Behrendorff 4-29) by 105 runs

Jason Behrendorff celebrates a wicket, Victoria v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 2nd day, November 2, 2012
Jason Behrendorff picked up 4 for 29 © Getty Images

James Pattinson bowled Victoria back into the match with a fiery spell late in the afternoon at the MCG, where Western Australia had taken first-innings points earlier in the day. At stumps, the Warriors were 5 for 76 in their second innings with Tom Triffitt on 20 and Adam Voges on 8 and their lead had moved along to 105.

Pattinson bowled with outstanding pace and moved the ball around, an excellent sign ahead of the first Test against South Africa, and picked up 2 for 19 from his 10 overs. He got rid of Marcus North, who on 13 edged a quick, rising delivery to slip, and the new batsman Mitchell Marsh was immediately uncomfortable, beaten by the pace and playing late.

Marsh was bowled for a third-ball duck when Pattinson nipped the ball in through the gate and Marsh was much too slow to react. Clint McKay had started things off well for Victoria when he had Sam Whiteman caught at slip in the second over, and he followed soon after with Michael Hussey, who edged behind for three a day after he made a fighting half-century in the first innings.

Jayde Herrick was the other wicket taker for Victoria, removing Marcus Harris, who was taken at slip for 29. Peter Siddle bowled well without luck in conditions that were again favourable for the bowlers, as the Warriors showed by dismissing the Bushrangers for 219 earlier in the day.

The left-armer Jason Behrendorff picked up 4 for 29, including both openers during a stop-start first session as rain delayed play several times. Chris Rogers was lbw for 43 and Peter Handscomb was taken at slip for 13, and Behrendorff also trapped Cameron White lbw for a golden duck. He also got rid of Australia's Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who edged to slip for 8, continuing what became a very disappointing day for Australia's Test batsmen all around the country.

Aaron Finch showed some fight with 34 but was one of two lbw wickets for Marsh, while Mitchell Johnson bowled better than his 2 for 56 suggested, sending down some quick, hostile deliveries. Towards the end of the innings the Warriors struggled to contain McKay, who made a career-best 65. McKay threw the bat at everything and managed six fours and two sixes before he skied a catch to mid-off, and his efforts weren't enough for Victoria to take the lead.

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 2, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Someone told me in another thread that McKay will be used for the shorter formats only, and not tests. Again, I ask why? O.K. he hardly had the best of debuts to test cricket, but this guy would be in my test team WAY before the likes of Cummins and Johnson. And so IF he is only going to be used for the shorter formats, why wasn't he used in the T20 world cup? I don't remember any games where Cummins' economy was below 10.

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