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Australia v New Zealand Test series: James Pattinson's no-ball blunder costs Australia dearly

Nathan Lyon has backed James Pattinson to make amends in the second innings after the paceman's no-ball problems came back to haunt Australia in the second Test.

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For the second time this series, a match has changed markedly after a no-ball, although, this time, the cricket gods were not smiling upon Australia. Not that the visitors could complain as the correct call was ultimately made, unlike in Wellington when umpire Richard Illingworth's call was irreversible.

McCullum was on 39 when he was spectacularly caught by Mitchell Marsh only to be reprieved after replays showed Pattinson had over-stepped. The Kiwis would have been 5-92 and in dire straits but instead recovered on the back of McCullum's breathtaking 145 to make an imposing 370 in the first innings.

Australia would be ruing an untimely return of Pattinson's front-foot problems. The issue came to light in the Boxing Day Test when he was denied wickets twice by no-balls.

Pattinson had worked hard on addressing the flaw and said this week he had been confident the issue was under control.


He had, however, still been overstepping at training and been told by coaching staff to be aware of it on game day.

"Nobody means to make a mistake, whether that's dropping catches, nicking balls or bowling a no-ball," Lyon said.

"It's part of our game. We're going to be right behind James and I've got all the faith in the world that James can come out there and blow this game apart in the second innings.

"He is a talented bowler. His adrenaline probably got up too high and he over-stepped the mark."

This blunder not only cost Australia 106 runs but resulted in them losing control of the match as well.

"I think a lot of momentum swung their way," Lyon said. "And credit to Corey [Anderson] and Brendon, they ran with it.

"They played a lot of shots and, as I keep saying, they rode their luck, both of them."

Just as Adam Voges made Australia pay for their charity, so too did McCullum.

"It loosens you up, relaxes you a little bit more," McCullum said. "You know you're not meant to be out there, you may as well play with a bit more freedom."

The Black Caps had believed anything over 200 would have been competitive on a lively pitch, so were understandably pleased to have an extra 150 runs up their sleeve.

They could have scored more but sacrificed the extra runs to ensure their bowlers would also have a crack while the deck was difficult to bat on. They were rewarded by the wicket of David Warner in the final session.

"For us it was a matter of trying to score our runs as quick as we could so the pitch didn't have the opportunity to dry out too much," McCullum said.

"In the end, we faced 60-odd overs and the ball still went around in that last session as well.

"I think tomorrow morning's really important. It seems to do a lot more in the morning session here so we've got to be on our lengths."