Tailenders stall hefty deficit

A HALF-century partnership between tailenders Peter Siddle and James Pattinson has prevented Australia entering the second half of the second Test against New Zealand with a hefty deficit.

The home team's satisfaction at dismissing the Black Caps for 150 on day one was obliterated by lunch on day two as it went to the break reeling at 7-81, trailing by 69 runs. The lower-order fightback dragged the deficit back to 14 runs at the change of innings.

Captain Michael Clarke (22) and opener David Warner (15) were the only batsmen in Australia's top seven to reach double figures as the NZ paceman expertly capitalised on the continued helpful bowling conditions at Bellerive Oval.

Australia were saved by another double-figure innings score thanks to improved batting conditions in the second session, and the willingness of Siddle and Pattinson to apply themselves with the bat.

The Victorians added 56 runs for the eighth wicket, so far the highest in the match. Australia was 19 runs behind when they departed within in over of each other - Siddle caught at second slip for 36, Pattinson slicing to gully for 17 - their rescue task has undoubtedly already been achieved.


Topics:  cricket david warner michael clarke new zealand peter siddle

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