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Pattinson takes his chance

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 9:40AM AEST | by Stu Warren, Sportal

Victorian paceman James Pattinson could hardly believe his luck at having the first chance to bowl on a green wicket against New Zealand in Hobart on Friday.

Victorian paceman James Pattinson could hardly believe his luck at having the first chance to bowl on a green wicket against New Zealand in Hobart on Friday.

Pattinson, alongside fellow Victorian Peter Siddle, destroyed the Kiwi batting at Blundstone Arena, taking advantage of Michael Clarke's decision to bowl on a pitch showing obvious signs of the wet weather that besieged Hobart leading up to the second Vodafone Test of the summer.

"When the toss went up a few of the bowlers were yelling out 'bowl, bowl'," Pattinson said after the first day's play.

"I was pretty happy for him (Clarke) to win the toss today."

"I don't think he's won one as captain so it was definitely a good one to win."

Pattinson (5-51) and Siddle (3-42) both took wickets during the first half-hour of play as the ball seamed and swung about, setting up a dominant performance that saw the Kiwis dismissed for just 150 during the second session.

"No doubt it was difficult (to bat)," Pattinson said.

"With the new ball it was seaming around quite a bit."

"I thought they batted pretty well, I thought we bowled exceptionally... a wicket like that can throw you off a bit, trying to bowl too fast and to put the ball in the area too much."

Having claimed his first international five-wicket haul during the New Zealand second innings in Brisbane, Pattinson wasted no time securing his second by taking the last two wickets to fall in the Kiwi innings.

But he insists the Australians will have to work hard with the bat on Saturday to avoid a similar collapse to that suffered by New Zealand.

"If they bowl really well you don't know what can happen (but) we've definitely got the talent in our batting to make a big score," he said.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 09 December, 2011 9:00PM AEST

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