Christchurch - James Pattinson was on
Friday called up by Australia as they look to clean sweep their series against
New Zealand in the second Test in Christchurch.
Captain Steve Smith said Pattinson, who
missed the first Test because of injury, will replace Peter Siddle who suffered
a back strain in the series opener won by Australia by an innings and 52 runs.
After Australia's last practice ahead of
the Saturday start, Smith said Pattinson had gone through considerable work in
the nets this week "and we're all confident he'll get through this next
Test match and hopefully he can have a big impact for us.
"He had three or four sessions and
bowled with good pace."
Pattinson joins Josh Hazlewood and Jackson
Bird in a three-pronged pace attack on another green wicket, similar to the
first Test in Wellington where New Zealand were all out for 183 inside two
sessions on the first day.
"I'm not sure how it goes here whether
it dries out quite quickly or not, we'll wait and see in the morning. But at
the moment it's quite green and wet," said Smith.
"It looks pretty similar to the last
wicket the day before the game."
If Australia win the Test they will
overtake India at the top of the world rankings.
"For me, it's satisfying to get that
ranking, that would be really good for us as a group. When you're number one
you want to stretch that as a group. That's really important for us."
New Zealand have their last practice session
later on Friday.
Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman
Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, James
Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.