James Pattinson shattered New Zealand to emerge as Australia's latest fast bowling sensation with a man-of-the-match five-wicket innings haul in the Gabba Test yesterday. Pattinson, 21, given his first Test cap on the strength of nine first-class games, was irresistible as he claimed five for 27, including three wickets in four balls, in Australia's nine-wicket win over the Kiwis inside four days.
Sensational: Pattinson acknowledges the Gabba crowd yesterday. Pic/AFP
Pattinson narrowly missed out on a hat-trick to help rout the Black Caps for 150 and leave Michael Clarke's Australians with the formality of chasing just 19 runs for victory. Pattinson, whose elder brother, Darren, played a Test for England in 2008, destroyed the Black Caps' top order, taking the first five wickets with an impressive full length at searing pace.
"We spoke about it before the game we wanted to try to bowl nice and full," Pattinson said. "Pup (Clarke) supported me there and said it doesn't matter if you get driven a couple of times, which I kept at the back of my head and tried to just keep doing the same thing and it paid off for me in the second innings."
"I've probably seen that for a while now that there's some young players that have been around first-class cricket who are now involved in the Australian setup who have had a lot of talent," Clarke said. Jesse Ryder barely survived Pattinson's hat-trick ball, a 150 kmph yorker, before Doug Bracewell became his fifth victim, caught behind by Haddin.
Brief scores: New Zealand 295 and 150; Australia 427 and 19 for 1.