New Zealand’s batsmen had no answer for Australia’s newest member as he ripped through their batting lineup.
Twenty one year old James Pattinson’s maiden five wicket haul on debut secured a dramatic victory for Australia, who now lead 1-0 with one test to play.
Pattinson, talking about his outstanding debut, said: “I must have been dreaming!”
New Zealand trailed by 132 runs when starting their second innings, but thanks to Pattinson, who had a triple wicket maiden in his first over, the blackcaps only managed to gain a lead of 18 runs.
Australia Captain, Michael Clarke, said: “James Pattinson was outstanding.”
However the lone hopes for New Zealand was Jesse Ryder who blazed his way to 36 before being caught out and Dean Brownlie who scored a well made 42.
New Zealand Captain Ross Taylor, who was dismissed for his first ever duck in test matches by Pattinson, said: “There were a lot of things we didn’t do well and we’re pretty disappointed with that performance.”
Once New Zealand were dismissed for a less than impressive total of 150, the Australians just needed 19 runs to win.
Australian opener Phil Hughes was caught early in the chase, but David Warner, another test debutant, held his nerve and struck three boundaries to secure the win.
Australia were also well supported in the first innings by Captain Michael Clarke’s 139 and further valuable contributions from Ricky Ponting, 78, and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin’s, 80.
Clarke, after the match, said: “Our whole performance throughout this Test match was spot-on.”
Taylor, talking about the team’s performance, said: “We need to step up in the next match and put up a lot better performance than we did today.”
New Zealand will look to even the test series in Hobart on the 9th of December.