Lehmann 'rocket' inspired Pattinson


James Pattinson took 3-29 on day three to put Australia in firm control of the second Test against New Zealand, after the bowler had been on the receiving end of some harsh words from coach Darren Lehmann.

On the first day in Christchurch, Pattinson dismissed Brendon McCullum when the Black Caps skipper was on 39, only for replays to show the bowler had overstepped.

And McCullum took full advantage of his reprieve, going on to blast the fastest Test century in history - from 54 balls - on his final international appearance before eventually departing for 145.

On Monday, after Australia had made 505 in response to the hosts' 370, Pattinson claimed three top-order wickets as New Zealand closed on 121-4, still 14 behind, and Adam Voges believes Lehmann's telling-off inspired his team-mate.

"The coach didn't miss him after play on day one, and that's probably putting it nicely," said Voges.

"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."

Neil Wagner's 6-106 got the Black Caps back in the contest as Australia lost their last six wickets for 67 runs, and Voges was disappointed with the way he and a number of his team-mates fell to the short ball.

"There's six blokes there on the pull shot so it's not smart cricket really for four of us to play pull shots to those guys," Voges said.

"It wasn't any secret about what he was trying to do and we need to be better at combating that. We just found fielders. It's not like we hit the ball badly. We just found the fielders.

"So we need to be a little bit smarter with the way we do it but I think it's a good lesson learnt."