Voges: Lehmann gave Patto a ‘rocket’


Australia fast bowler James Pattinson was on the receiving end of an ear blasting after his no-ball in the first innings against New Zealand in Christchurch, according to batsman Adam Voges.

Pattinson, who had been working hard on his front foot placement, overstepped when Brendon McCullum was on 39. The Kiwi skipper went on to record the fastest ton in Test history, and made 145.

According to Voges, Lehmann was furious with the paceman and told him so. As a result, Pattinson produced some excellent bowling on day three, taking three wickets in the evening to leave the Kiwis on 121 for four.

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

Australia are on track to win the second Test, and thus the series, which will put them at number one on the ICC Test rankings come 1 April, the end of the judging period.