Ponting fails again, Australia 136 all out

Hobart: Ricky Ponting failed on his home ground as Australia were bundled out for 136 runs on Saturday in their chase of New Zealand`s first-innings total of 150 in the second Test.

Ponting, whose last century came at Bellerive Oval against Pakistan nearly two years ago, walked immediately from the crease when he was out lbw for 5 off a plumb delivery from Tim Southee that hit the middle of his pads.

Chris Martin took two wickets on the second day, giving him three for the innings. Left-arm seamer Trent Boult, replacing injured all-rounder Daniel Vettori, snared his first Test wicket on debut when he had veteran Mike Hussey caught behind for 8.

Captain Michael Clarke was bowled by Doug Bracewell, his second wicket of the innings, shortly before lunch for 22.

Australia has never lost in nine Test matches at Bellerive Oval - with seven wins and two draws. Both draws were against New Zealand.

Australia, resuming Saturday on 12-1, lost their first wicket of the day when opener David Warner`s outside edge off Martin was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip.

Warner was out for 15, Martin`s second of three wickets after he claimed Australia`s other opener Phil Hughes for four before stumps on Friday. Usman Khawaja, caught on seven, again by Young, gave Martin his third.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was the sixth Australian wicket to fall, out for five off the bowling of Bracewell, followed by Clarke, the 16th and 17th wickets to fall in four sessions on a pitch which still had plenty of green on it halfway through the second day.

Ponting, who will turn 37 later this month, hasn`t scored a century in 29 innings since his 209 against Pakistan at Hobart in January 2010. His spot in the lineup has been under threat since he quit the captaincy in April, but he prolonged his international career with his 62 in the series-leveling second Test win over South Africa at Johannesburg last month and his 78 against New Zealand last week.

Pattinson put Australia in a strong position after the first day, taking his second five-wicket haul in an as many innings to help dismiss New Zealand before tea after Clarke won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat. The 21-year-old Pattinson, man-of-the-match on his Test debut in last week`s nine-wicket win, returned 5-51.

Vettori, who scored 96 in his first innings in the first test at the Gabba, strained his left hamstring and withdrew hours before the match. Australian-born Dean Brownlie was top-scorer for New Zealand in its first innings with 56.

Pattinson will start the second innings on a hat-trick after removing Brownlie and No. 11 Martin on consecutive balls.

Bureau Report

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