Pattinson enjoys Boxing Day return


James Pattinson has waited a long time to return to the Boxing Day Test stage and he did not disappoint, taking two wickets to help ramp up Australia's dominance of West Indies.

Pattinson took 2-36 as the Windies finished a torrid day 91-6, needing 460 runs to catch Australia's declaration at 551.

"It was lovely to be back here, especially for a Boxing Day Test," Pattinson told Channel 9 after stumps.

"It was a pretty vocal crowd and it was goof to get a couple of wickets.

"I think it has been four years since my last Boxing Day Test and sometimes during those long gym sessions you wonder am I ever going to get back, but it's all been worth it now."

Pattinson formed a part of a tight and functional bowling unit, which shared the wickets between fellow paceman Peter Siddle (2-19) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (2-18).

"It's a great attack. Everyone offers something different," Pattinson said.

"Josh (Hazelwood) and 'Sidds' keep it really tight so it gives me the freedom to just get in and try and bowl fast.

"Nathan is one of and maybe the best off-spinner Australia has had and he showed his class again.

"It's great to have them six down heading into day three."