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Patto plan to put best foot forward, but not too forward

Paceman James Pattinson promised he had fixed his no-ball woes ahead of his return for Australia against New Zealand in the second Test at Christchurch.

The 25-year-old was named to replace Peter Siddle, who will miss the match with ongoing back spasms.

Pattinson's inclusion was the only change to the team that thrashed the Kiwis by an innings and 52 runs in the series-opener in Wellington.

The lively Victorian quick, who missed the first Test with shin soreness, threw away two wickets against the West Indies at the MCG this summer by over-stepping.

"I've done a fair bit of work on it," Pattinson said.

"I played that Shield game (against Tasmania earlier this month) and my foot was well behind the line."

As was the case in Wellington, Christchurch ground staff has prepared a green top to suit Black Caps swing bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

Losing the toss proved costly for the home side in the first Test, and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, set to play his 101st and final match, will no doubt hope the coin lands his way this time.

Despite taking just one wicket in his first game for Australia since 2013, Tasmanian quick Jackson Bird retained his place thanks to Siddle's injury.

Aussie skipper Steve Smith said he was confident Bird would benefit from the conditions in Christchurch.

"He'll come out all guns blazing and if he does get the ball in the right areas he'll get a lot of assistance out of that wicket," Smith said.


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