Lehmann's rocket helped Pattinson - Adam Voges
Lehmann's rocket helped Pattinson - Adam Voges

James Pattinson was at his supreme best as he struck thrice in New Zealand’s second innings to dent the hosts. The Kiwis ended Day 3 on 121-4, still trailing by 14 runs. The wickets by Pattinson have surely swung the game in Australia’s way and the number one rank too is well with Australia’s grasp.

However, Pattinson did not have it all his way in the first innings, when he dismissed Brendon McCullum, but on a no ball. McCullum added 106 more after that incident and poor James Pattinson had to face the wrath of a flabbergasted Darren Lehmann in the dressing room. The blunder by Pattinson could have massively disrupted Australia’s planning.

“The coach didn’t miss him after play on day one, and that’s probably putting it nicely,” 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,” he added.

“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,” Voges concluded.