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2nd Test: Australia's Pattinson replaces Siddle

Last updated on: February 19, 2016 13:56 IST

James Pattinson

IMAGE: James Pattinson of Australia runs in to bowl during an Australia nets session. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

James Pattinson has been recalled to Australia' starting side for the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday, replacing his injured Victorian team mate Peter Siddle.

Pattinson missed the innings and 52 run first Test victory in Wellington as he recovered from shin soreness that kept him out of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition last month.

Injured Siddle ruled out of second Test vs New Zealand

"Patto obviously wasn't right that first test match, and he's been working hard since," captain Steve Smith told reporters at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

"He's bowled a lot in the nets and we're all confident he'll get through this next test match and hopefully he can have a big impact for us.

"I think he had three or four sessions and bowled with good pace. Hopefully he can do some of the same this week and it looks like the conditions are going to suit him nicely."

Siddle was sidelined with a back injury for much of New Zealand's second innings at Wellington's Basin Reserve and bowled just eight overs on the third day before he spent the fourth day patrolling the boundary.

The rest of the side remained unchanged from the Basin Reserve, giving Jackson Bird a second opportunity after he struggled for rhythm in the first innings.

Bird tightened up in the second innings when he had figures of 1-51 from 19 overs, earning praise from coach Darren Lehmann after the match and Smith on Friday.

"For him it's just about keeping it simple and doing what he does well," Smith added. "It was his first game back for a little while, he was a little bit nervous. I think he did get better as the game went on.

"I'm sure he'll come out all guns blazing and if he does get the ball in the right areas he'll get a lot of assistance out of that wicket."

Smith said the pitch was still green and damp, though he was unsure as to how quickly it would dry out.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson had said after the first test that he hoped for a pitch that offered more seam assistance for longer after Australia had the best of the bowling conditions in Wellington reducing the hosts to 51-5 inside 12 overs.

The pitch then browned off considerably.

NZ paceman Henry replaces Bracewell

New Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry will come in for the injured Doug Bracewell in the second Test against Australia, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.

Bracewell has sustained a rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder and will miss the final match of the two-test series, starting on Saturday at Hagley Oval. Australia won the opener by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington earlier this week.

McCullum, who will play his 101st and final Test, said the only remaining decision to be made was whether they play four seamers or go with three front-line pace bowlers and off-spinner Mark Craig.

"Matt Henry will come in for Doug Bracewell and it's just trying to work out whether we play Mark Craig or Neil Wagner and that's the decision we've got to make," McCullum told reporters on Friday.

"The pitch looks good. It looks like it's got a nice healthy covering of grass I'm sure that both team's bowling lineups will relish it."

New Zealand (likely): Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

Factbox for the Test between New Zealand and Australia, which starts in Christchurch:

MATCH FACTS

Feb. 20-24 (day match, 2130 GMT start)

Hagley Oval (capacity 12,000)

NEW ZEALAND

Test ranking: 6

Captain: Brendon McCullum

Coach: Mike Hesson

Highest ranked batsman: Kane Williamson (3)

Highest ranked bowler: Trent Boult (8)

New Zealand (likely): Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

AUSTRALIA

Test ranking: 2

Captain: Steve Smith

Coach: Darren Lehmann

Highest ranked batsman: Smith (1)

Highest ranked bowler: Josh Hazlewood (7)

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), Joe Burns, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Test matches played: 56

New Zealand wins: 8

Australia wins: 30

Draws: 18

PREVIOUS CHRISTCHURCH TESTS (at Lancaster Park)

1974 New Zealand won by five wickets

1977 Match drawn

1982 Australia won by eight wickets

1986 Match drawn

1993 Australia won by an innings and 60 runs

2005 Australia won by nine wickets

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