James Pattinson, smarting from being bawled out after a no-ball error in the first innings, put Australia firmly in control of the second Test against New Zealand with a crucial triple-strike on the third day. (Brendon McCullum’s International Career Ends, New Zealand Face Uphill Task Against Australia)
Australia finished the third day at Hagley Oval in Christchurch eyeing a comprehensive victory with Pattinson ripping the top off New Zealand as they tried to mount a second innings recovery. (New Zealand, Australia Observe Minute’s Silence To Makr Anniversary of Christchurch Earthquake)
They were 121 for 4 at stumps on the third day, with Pattinson taking three for 29, after Australia amassed a first innings 505 for a 135-run lead.
It was a much more disciplined effort from Pattinson who had McCullum caught for 39 in the first innings only for the wicket to be ruled out because of a no ball and McCullum added another 106 rapid runs before he was dismissed.
“To come back from the disappointment of the no ball in the first innings and to produce that today is a terrific effort,” teammate Adam Voges said.
“The coach didn’t miss him after play on day one and that’s probably putting it nicely. He got a rocket.
“He probably didn’t disagree with what the coach said. But full credit to Patto with the way he has bounced back, he was excellent today.”