New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 3rd day February 22, 2016

Lehmann 'rocket' helped Pattinson bounce back - Voges

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'We will be comfortable chasing anything' - Voges

James Pattinson copped a "rocket" from coach Darren Lehmann for his costly no-ball transgression on the first day in Christchurch, but bounced back to snare three important wickets on day three. Pattinson had Brendon McCullum caught for 39 on day one but replays confirmed he had overstepped and McCullum was reprieved; he went on to blast the fastest century in Test history as New Zealand raced to 370.

It was far from the first such mistake from Pattinson this summer, after he twice thought he had the wicket of West Indian Carlos Brathwaite during the Boxing Day Test only to have no-balls retrospectively called. Before this Test, Pattinson said he "done a fair bit of work" on his tendency to overstep, which made it all the more frustrating for the Australians to see him err on what might have been a wicket-taking ball.

"The coach didn't miss him after play on day one, and that's probably putting it nicely," Australia batsman Adam Voges said. "Look, he got a rocket and he's come out and responded the way he did. So he probably didn't disagree with anything the coach said after play that night but full credit to Patto for the way he's bounced back and he was excellent today.

"It's fantastic, he ran in really hard today, bowled aggressively and with good pace. He's taken three wickets, he's got great reward and he's put us in a great spot. To come back from the disappointment of the no-ball in the first innings and to be able to produce that today is a terrific effort."

That response consisted of 12 overs, five maidens and 3 for 29 (and no no-balls) on the third day at Hagley Oval, where he found enough pace and movement to trouble the New Zealand top order. New Zealand had started their second innings with a deficit of 135 and by stumps they were four wickets down and still 14 runs behind, meaning a huge partnership or two would be needed for them to fight back into the Test.

"We've definitely got a few players in the shed left to try and get a total for us," New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling said. "It's great that Kane [Williamson] is still out there and Corey [Anderson] is coming off a good first innings. We're definitely backing what we've got to put a total on the board and however many that is, we're just going to have to come out with the ball and try to win it."

To do so, though, New Zealand will need to find some sort of weapon with the ball, be it conventional swing, reverse swing or seam movement, given they have no specialist spinner in this XI. So far in the Test they have struggled to move the ball as much as the Australians, and it took a remarkable display of sustained short-pitched bowling from Neil Wagner to eventually run through Australia's batting order on day three.

Wagner picked up 6 for 106 and four of those batsmen - Joe Burns, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Voges himself - were out to pull shots caught from square leg to midwicket. Another short delivery accounted for Peter Nevill, who tried to ramp one over the slips, and Josh Hazlewood rounded out the tally with a more regulation edge to slip.

"It was a pretty special bowling performance by him [Wagner]," Watling said. "I think it was about 25 overs of good fast short-pitched bowling. He got us right back into a position where we can hopefully try and get ourselves into a position to win the game.

"He almost gets faster the deeper he goes into his spells. He's done it for us on many occasions. Today he got his rewards. It was just a fantastic effort by him to do that for so long. For a fast bowler to do that for about 25 overs is a pretty special effort."

Voges said it was frustrating to see wicket after wicket fall in such a way - including his own - but that it was a lesson learnt for the Australians.

"There's six blokes there on the pull shot so it's not smart cricket really for ... four of us to play pull shots to those guys," Voges said. "It wasn't any secret about what he was trying to do and we need to be better at combating that. We just found fielders. It's not like we hit the ball badly. We just found the fielders. So we need to be a little bit smarter with the way we do it but I think it's a good lesson learnt."

Still, the Australians were able to pass 500 for the second time in consecutive innings on this tour - not since they visited the Caribbean in 2003 have Australia made 500-plus totals twice in a Test series away from home. The centuries to Burns and Smith set them on the path to overhauling New Zealand's 370, and Voges said it was pleasing to gain the upper hand after the hosts were in the stronger position.

"It's probably the first time that we've been behind on day one and been able to fight our way back into the contest and then get some ascendancy," he said. "From that point of view I think it's really pleasing. Most of that credit needs to go to Joe and Steve. They were outstanding yesterday and the rest of us have been able to build on that."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Mashuq on February 22, 2016, 16:46 GMT

    As you say, @Hris, fitness permitting. I'd say that Hazlewood and Starc would likely be the mainstays with Pattinson and Cummins being closely monitored to attempt to anticipate possible injuries and perhaps rotated.

  • Hrishikesh on February 22, 2016, 14:49 GMT

    We can chase 250 without too much stress. Anything near 300 or above will mean a look and see approach. I expect less than 150 to chase, should be easy. Pattinson has everything in terms of skill to be among the best bowlers in the world. Just stay fit Patto. With Hazlewood doing as well as he is and Starc and Cummins to return, Aus will have easily the best pace attack for the next 5-7 years(fitness permitting)

  • venkataramana rao on February 22, 2016, 12:54 GMT

    If Kane and co conjure up a 250+ target, we can see a fairy tale ending for McCullum. Not impossible....

  • Doug on February 22, 2016, 11:51 GMT

    I wonder if Boof can do anything about Bird's bowling. Smith talked Bird up before the first test saying how great he was bowling in the nets, and Smith ought to know what good bowling is. It seems Bird has been overwhelmed in the tests.

  • Vinod on February 22, 2016, 11:38 GMT

    worked for Patto....interestingly placed, aus the fav....the neutral in me wants a nerve wracking chase of 275+.....go both teams....

  • Peter on February 22, 2016, 10:32 GMT

    Where was the rocket during the Melbourne test? And I recall a few in years gone by as well, how many kicks up the back side does he need to finally click? At least he allowed BMac an innings of epic & unforgettable memories, something I actually didn't mind.

  • Prasanna on February 22, 2016, 9:14 GMT

    It worked like a charm didnt it ? Things ain't over yet. 6 more wickets !! Hope we get it for less than 100.

  • rob on February 22, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    I was hoping against hope that McCullum would be put in a situation in the 2nd innings where he needed to bat time - which is not usually his forte. Unfortunately that is exactly what happened with failures at 1,2 and 4 and he was unable to get through the day. Bit of a sad way for his batting career to end. I know that Guptil is often the victim of great bowling but top test openers find ways to combat that. He hasn't found a way despite a long time at the top. He needs to move down the order or be dropped. Latham has a horrible habit of getting out once he has done the hard work. Nicholls still far from the finished product but probably worth persevering with. Can't they get Munro in the team, his first class stats are ahead of all of these guys. I'd love the Kane train to go long tomorrow and NZ bat around him to post something above 250 but think this will be done and dusted by stumps.

  • Thomas on February 22, 2016, 8:15 GMT

    Thanks Boof, exactly what the doctor ordered and worked a treat.

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