Hap­less Hughes un­der the spot­light

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HO­BART, Aus­tralia: Pres­sure mounted on Phil Hughes af­ter he again failed with the bat as Aus­tralia chased New Zealand’s modest 150 on an event­ful open­ing day of the sec­ond Test at Bel­lerive Oval here yes­ter­day.

The un­der-fire opener lasted just five balls be­fore he was again caught in the slips off Chris Martin for four, as Aus­tralia reached 12 for one be­fore rain ended play early.

For the third straight time in the se­ries Hughes was caught by Martin Gup­till off Martin’s bowl­ing, scor­ing just 21 runs in the process, heap­ing pres­sure on his Test place ahead of this month’s se­ries with In­dia.

A to­tal of 11 wick­ets tum­bled in 50 overs on a bowler-friendly Bel­lerive wicket with Michael Clarke win­ning per­haps the most cru­cial toss of his eight Tests as Aus­tralian cap­tain and send­ing the Black Caps in to bat.

At the close, David Warner was on seven and Us­man Khawaja, who had lived dan­ger­ously, was on one. Martin had 1-12 off 2.2 overs.

Kiwi skip­per Ross Tay­lor set three slips and three gullys for Hughes, who now has been caught be­hind the wicket in 20 of his 30 Test dis­missals, rais­ing ques­tions over his tech­nique.

Pace new­comer James Pat­tin­son ear­lier starred with five wick­ets for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive in­nings as New Zealand were skit­tled in 45.4 overs.

“I think 150 on any wicket is un­der par, I don’t think it’s enough, but say­ing that if they bowl re­ally well you don’t know what could hap­pen,” Pat­tin­son said.

Pat­tin­son fol­lowed up his man-ofthe-match five for 27 in last week­end’s nine-wicket win in the first Test to snare five for 51 and will be on a hat-trick with his first de­liv­ery in the Ki­wis’ sec­ond in­nings here.

Dean Brown­lie was the only Black Cap bats­man to of­fer re­sis­tance with 56 off 85 balls as the Ki­wis rolled over for 150, the same score they posted in the sec­ond in­nings in Bris­bane. It was Brown­lie’s sec­ond half- cen­tury of the se­ries fol­low­ing his un­beaten 77 at the Gabba.

“We felt the pitch was do­ing quite a bit so we feel we’ve got the runs on the board. To get that early break­through was ex­cel­lent,” Brown­lie said. “We feel like we’re in the game.”

Peter Sid­dle played a strong sup­port­ing role to Pat­tin­son with three for 42 off 13 overs while Mitchell Starc claimed two for 30.

The Ki­wis, who lost in­flu­en­tial all­rounder Daniel Vet­tori on the morn­ing of the match with ham­string trou­ble for Trent Boult to make his Test de­but, were 83 for six at lunch.

The wicket was al­ways go­ing to test the first side out to bat and New Zealand duly laboured.

Gup­till sur­vived just three balls be­fore he edged Sid­dle to wick­et­keeper Brad Haddin for three in the day’s sec­ond over. Jesse Ry­der, pro­moted to num­ber three, was out for a six-ball duck af­ter Pat­tin­son called for a re­view af­ter English um­pire Nigel Llong turned down his lbw ap­peal. Skip­per Ross Tay­lor was out for six not of­fer­ing a shot to a Sid­dle in-swinger and was also con­firmed lbw af­ter a re­view.

Kane Wil­liamson was caught glanc­ing Starc down the leg-side for 19 and Brendon Mc­cul­lum was out to a great ball from Pat­tin­son, giv­ing Haddin his third catch of the in­nings for 16.

Wick­et­keeper Reece Young fol­lowed for a duck, chop­ping the ball on to his stumps for Pat­tin­son’s third wicket, while Doug Bracewell was caught at slip by Clarke off Sid­dle for 12 and Tim Southee was bowled play­ing on to Starc for 18.

Once Brown­lie fell, play­ing on to his stumps to Pat­tin­son, the end was nigh and Martin was bowled mid­dle stump next ball by Pat­tin­son to end the in­nings. – SAPA-AFP

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