Debutant pace bowler James Pattinson ripped through New Zealand’s top order in a brilliant morning spell to fire Australia to an emphatic nine-wicket victory with more than a day to spare in the first Test on Sunday.
Australia, who made 427 in their opening innings in response to New Zealand’s 295, needed just 19 runs in their second knock to claim victory after dismissing the tourists for 150 less than an hour after lunch.
They still managed to lose under-fire opener Phil Hughes for seven before David Warner (12 not out) rattled off the winning runs but the day belonged to Man of the Match Pattinson, who finished with 5-27.
The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series with the second and final match in Hobart starting on December 9 and kept intact Australia’s unbeaten run in Tests at the Gabba, which stretches back to 1988.
“It was a great performance today and James Pattinson was outstanding,” said Australia’s skipper Michael Clarke, whose 139 in the second innings helped tip the balance of what had been a tight contest in his team's favour.
“I think our performance throughout this Test match was spot on. I couldn’t be happier with the start to the summer.”
Pattinson had already removed opener Brendon McCullum late on Saturday to leave New Zealand to resume on 10-1 but no-one was prepared for the fireworks he unleashed in his opening over of the morning. The 21-year-old removed the other opener Martin Guptill for 12 with his second ball and his fourth and fifth accounted for Kane Williamson and Black Caps' skipper Ross Taylor, both for ducks, to leave Pattinson on a hat-trick and New Zealand reeling on 17-4.
Angling to become just the fourth player to take a hat-trick on their test debut, the pace of Pattinson’s sixth delivery beat batsman Jesse Ryder but the ball missed the off-stump.
Four overs after that devastating three-wicket maiden, Pattinson grabbed his ‘five-for’ with the wicket of nightwatchman Doug Bracewell for two to reduce the tourists to 28 for five.