Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1st day November 25, 2010

Siddle hat-trick gives Australia control

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Australia 0 for 25 (Katich 15*, Watson 9*) trail England 260 (Bell 76, Cook 67, Siddle 6-54) by 235 runs
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Ashes history is littered with some extraordinary opening days and Brisbane produced another as Peter Siddle, a controversial selection for this match, gave himself a birthday to remember by claiming a hat-trick and a career-best 6 for 54, which removed England for 260. Alastair Cook played calmly for his 67 and Ian Bell produced one of his finest international innings, but the visitors will feel they've let a golden chance slip and Australia closed on 0 for 25.

Siddle's moment of glory came in the final session after England had reached 4 for 197 and Australia had gone into a holding pattern. He was recalled to the attack and in his second over back persuaded Cook, after 168 balls of concentration, to push outside off and edge to first slip. That was followed by a full, fast delivery that Matt Prior barely had time register and the hat-trick ball was again homing in on the stumps but instead struck Stuart Broad's boot. The atmosphere at the 'Gabbatoir' was electric and just to add to the drama Broad, who clearly wasn't prepared for the clatter of wickets and was rushed to get ready, reviewed his decision, but there was no escape.

It was some way to mark a Test recall - Siddle hadn't played since January after suffering a stress fracture of his back - and was an emphatic tick for the selectors, who'd preferred him over Doug Bollinger. He showed how to bowl on a slow surface, pitching the ball a touch fuller than is normal in Australia. Even before his hat-trick, Siddle had justified the call with the key scalps of Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, which set England back during the afternoon. His sixth wicket came when Graeme Swann played round a straight ball and he was only denied a seventh when Brad Haddin spilled James Anderson.

Around the mayhem caused by Siddle, Bell played a wonderful innings that highlighted his development as a Test player. Left with the tail, he opened up in a manner rarely seen at the highest level, producing a string of a purring drives through the off side until lofting Xavier Doherty to deep cover to hand him his first Test wicket.

The drama of the final session will grab the headlines, but the series had also been given a lively beginning as England managed to write another entry into the list of Ashes horror starts. After events on this ground four years ago all eyes were on the first ball of the day and the opening delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus sailed harmlessly past off stump. However, it didn't take long for the series to burst into life - two balls later Strauss tried to cut one that was a little too close to his body and picked out Mike Hussey at gully.

The England captain stood there, head in hand for a moment, before turning for the dressing room as the Gabba erupted to the cheers of the home support. Strauss had made two hundreds during England's near-perfect warm-up period and Australia knew how vital the scalp was. It took the visitors until the third over to open their account and that was an edge to third man by Jonathan Trott, who then had to survive a heart-stopping referral when Siddle's lbw shout was sent to the third umpire.

However, he and Cook steadily evened the scales. Trott provided some impetus but was also rather skittish at stages as he edged short of second slip and got a leading edge towards point trying to work through midwicket, before giving his innings away with a loose drive at Shane Watson. England believe they can target Watson as a weak link in the Australian attack, so providing him an early wicket will have been a disappointment, but Watson's full length was a lesson to heed on this pitch.

Cook was one of England's batsmen to enter this series with an unflattering record against Australia and shouldn't have survived the first session when he was dropped at point on 26 by Doherty. That, though, was his only mistake until his dismissal, as he refused to chase anything wide and waited for the bowlers to drift towards the pads. He pulled Mitchell Johnson through midwicket for his first boundary then started after lunch with a sweet clip and picked off Doherty with ease.

The game settled as Cook and Pietersen added 76 to take England into the period where batsmen traditionally dominate in Australia once the ball has gone soft. However, Siddle had been picked because of his ability to unsettle batsmen on good pitches and proved his worth. He made one move a fraction to find the edge of Pietersen's drive and produced a very similar delivery to have Collingwood taken low at third slip.

Collingwood is known to be a dodgy starter but Pietersen had looked in fine fettle, as good as he has at Test level since before his Achilles injury. Pietersen's first boundary was a sweet straight drive and he wore the expression of a man on a mission as he picked off a further five fours. He also seemed intent on attacking Doherty during an intriguing mini-battle and Australia were relieved to end it when they did. Slightly surprisingly, Siddle was rested after a four-over burst, but his impact on the day was far from over.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Big treat for the Birthday boy....

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 26, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    As I write this #2 - Oz have done what I feared they might do - & that is blow it. Punter out legside started the rot. The big problem Oz had at Lunch was they hadn't dominated the Poms. Oz were better then the Poms on Day 1 & the 1st session Day 2 (I would say they won the sessions 4-0 at this stage), - but had not too much to show for it. Poms take 4 wickets quickly & I think they are now on top. Desperately need a Hussey special - a ton from haddin wouldn't go astray!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 26, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @popcorn - well said - credit to Punter for good captaincy this time around. As I write this (Lunch Day2), Oz have firmed their hold on the match but.... the one thing the Poms have done right is manage to keep the r/rate low, - this has been helped by only bowling 26 overs before lunch. By keeping Oz to about 1/70 for the session means, that should they have a session today where they take 3 wickets - they will be back evens with Oz. Oz will need to be mindful of not letting the Poms create pressure thru tight bowling. @Truemans Ghost - LOL re: curse.

  • POSTED BY LukeAus2010 on | November 25, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Great captaincy by Ricky Ponting.... good team selection.... weldone guys...

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | November 25, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    well done to siddle - i rarely go for aussies, but his performance was all brains and deserves to be commended. to be fair, though, i still fancy england's chances, because people don't get hat-tricks every day, and when you factor in the fact that strauss, prior and broad usually add 150 + between them (all out for ducks), and that bell didn't get any support, england have a batting team to score around 400 consistently, and have the bowling to keep a lid on the aussies. so i still fancy england's odds. it'll be fairly tight though !

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I am very impressed with the umpiring on the first day of Gabba Test. Good job be Messers Dar and Doctrove. None of the challenges were successful. I believe with UDRS umpires concentrate better and pay more attention to their judgment because clearly their reputation is under immediate scrutiny. Umpiring standard is definitely better if UDRS is in play. I believe that New Zealand could have avoided an innings defeat against India if UDRS were in action. Similarly, Pakistan-South Africa series would have been more exciting if UDRS were in action. Can the fans insist that for the sake of fair competition UDRS should be mandated by ICC? Does ICC listen to fans? Does ICC care about fans?

  • POSTED BY Sorwer on | November 25, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Mr. Doogius, pls read your comments again and i am sure you won't understand what is meaning of your comments. I am also fan of Australia, and it is universal truth that India won't keep no 1 test ranking, it is 100%. They have held no 1 because of unbeliable ranking rules and systems.

  • POSTED BY LeftHandedBeast on | November 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Well i'm enjoying my slice of humble pie after bagging the selectors for choosing Siddle over Bollinger, it has proved a masterstroke, however can we now get Doug Rug in to play instead of Johnson-they could have had England out for even less than 260 had Dougie played instead of Johnson-Johnsons bowling is atrocious-bet now that i have said that he will bag a 5 for in the 2nd innings.

  • POSTED BY Indus11 on | November 25, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    ??? English team ??? -------->> I looked at the details on the English and I swear half of the players are South African. <<<--------Now this is not fair to the home grown England players is it ? Why are they not picked ? because they are not good enough ? This is sad. England are currently at the 5th spot in rankings - would it be accurate to assume that they would be along side Bangladesh if all the players showed their birth places to be in England ?

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Top days cricket, good pace and line always troubles batsmen, disapointed with the eng bowlers, perhaps trying too hard.

    anyways i still don´t understand why strauss did not declare after reaching 230 it is more than enough. ;)

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Big treat for the Birthday boy....

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 26, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    As I write this #2 - Oz have done what I feared they might do - & that is blow it. Punter out legside started the rot. The big problem Oz had at Lunch was they hadn't dominated the Poms. Oz were better then the Poms on Day 1 & the 1st session Day 2 (I would say they won the sessions 4-0 at this stage), - but had not too much to show for it. Poms take 4 wickets quickly & I think they are now on top. Desperately need a Hussey special - a ton from haddin wouldn't go astray!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 26, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @popcorn - well said - credit to Punter for good captaincy this time around. As I write this (Lunch Day2), Oz have firmed their hold on the match but.... the one thing the Poms have done right is manage to keep the r/rate low, - this has been helped by only bowling 26 overs before lunch. By keeping Oz to about 1/70 for the session means, that should they have a session today where they take 3 wickets - they will be back evens with Oz. Oz will need to be mindful of not letting the Poms create pressure thru tight bowling. @Truemans Ghost - LOL re: curse.

  • POSTED BY LukeAus2010 on | November 25, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Great captaincy by Ricky Ponting.... good team selection.... weldone guys...

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | November 25, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    well done to siddle - i rarely go for aussies, but his performance was all brains and deserves to be commended. to be fair, though, i still fancy england's chances, because people don't get hat-tricks every day, and when you factor in the fact that strauss, prior and broad usually add 150 + between them (all out for ducks), and that bell didn't get any support, england have a batting team to score around 400 consistently, and have the bowling to keep a lid on the aussies. so i still fancy england's odds. it'll be fairly tight though !

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I am very impressed with the umpiring on the first day of Gabba Test. Good job be Messers Dar and Doctrove. None of the challenges were successful. I believe with UDRS umpires concentrate better and pay more attention to their judgment because clearly their reputation is under immediate scrutiny. Umpiring standard is definitely better if UDRS is in play. I believe that New Zealand could have avoided an innings defeat against India if UDRS were in action. Similarly, Pakistan-South Africa series would have been more exciting if UDRS were in action. Can the fans insist that for the sake of fair competition UDRS should be mandated by ICC? Does ICC listen to fans? Does ICC care about fans?

  • POSTED BY Sorwer on | November 25, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Mr. Doogius, pls read your comments again and i am sure you won't understand what is meaning of your comments. I am also fan of Australia, and it is universal truth that India won't keep no 1 test ranking, it is 100%. They have held no 1 because of unbeliable ranking rules and systems.

  • POSTED BY LeftHandedBeast on | November 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Well i'm enjoying my slice of humble pie after bagging the selectors for choosing Siddle over Bollinger, it has proved a masterstroke, however can we now get Doug Rug in to play instead of Johnson-they could have had England out for even less than 260 had Dougie played instead of Johnson-Johnsons bowling is atrocious-bet now that i have said that he will bag a 5 for in the 2nd innings.

  • POSTED BY Indus11 on | November 25, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    ??? English team ??? -------->> I looked at the details on the English and I swear half of the players are South African. <<<--------Now this is not fair to the home grown England players is it ? Why are they not picked ? because they are not good enough ? This is sad. England are currently at the 5th spot in rankings - would it be accurate to assume that they would be along side Bangladesh if all the players showed their birth places to be in England ?

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Top days cricket, good pace and line always troubles batsmen, disapointed with the eng bowlers, perhaps trying too hard.

    anyways i still don´t understand why strauss did not declare after reaching 230 it is more than enough. ;)

  • POSTED BY Doogius on | November 25, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Best way 2 to get a HT - at the stumps. Go you good thing...2ndly, just did some stats. 4 all you India fans out there who somehow get into a commentary about the #1 ranking in an Ashes test article - get this into ya. #1 Ranking - 34 tests, 16 wins, 11 draws, 7 losses. 19 at home, 15 away. Sound good eh? Now add this in, tests out of 34 in India, SL or Banga - 27 (14 wins, 8 draws). Of the 7 that were played elsewhere (Oz, NZ), 2 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. All of this is thanks to cricinfo. So, this doesn't tell us whether India are any good away from 'home', it tells us that India #1 ranking is based (30 out of 34 tests) on slow pitches and no bounce. So, india fans, wait until after the SA tests before you say a thing. Right now you're keeping the seat warm for someone else....

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | November 25, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Fairfan - why on earth do you describe a statement in this report as "jingoistic"? It is a perfectly well written, interesting and balanced report and the comment on Bell's batting didn't say he is the ONLY one to open up like that like with the tail, but only that it rarely happens. Perhaps he was even thinking of Laxman as one who also does? And why are so many Indian comments here so aggressive or unpleasant? Surely, if we're all cricket fans, our regard for the game should be a unifying influence? The feeling coming through is that many Indians feel far too much interest is being taken in this series - even by Aussies & Poms! Surely even Indians, if genuine cricket-lovers who claim a knowledge of the game, understand what England-Australia contests mean to the two countries involved? After all, the Ashes will never be surpassed in importance by any other cricket competition. ICC rankings, World Cups, ODIs, T20s or even other Tests come absolutely NOWHERE in comparison. Sorry!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Aussies did well in the field today,but you have to remember that last time in India they took control from the first day,yet they have lost the match..so don't get over excited,cause you don't what will happen next!! i hope auzies will bat full day tomorrow and put in a decent total. i can bet for pontin scoring a hundred! but we need to have a good start tomorrow morning; best of luck Australia.

  • POSTED BY nickduck on | November 25, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Same old England/South Africa. Too much hype after beating Bangladesh (wow!) and Pakistan (who beat England comfortably in the one test they actually tried to win). Lets drop Collingwood who will get out the same way in every test and all the South Africans and have a proper ENGLISH team we can all get behind. Strauss will also show his true negative tactics in this series against a decent team. We were sooo lucky to win the Ashes in England with Strauss in charge. Rob Key for captain.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | November 25, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Astonished at some of the Aussie comments here, but one can see the relief pouring out! Oz fans must have been really, really worried beforehand! Siddle bowled well - sensibly & correctly, rather than brilliantly - and he deserved his success, helped by one or two very rash shots. Relieved as most Oz fans clearly now are, it's a bit premature to think it's all going well again, just like the good old days. Sorry, I don't think so. Did we see a brilliant Aussie performance? No. A terrible England one? No. Are the Aussies shading it after day one? Yes - just. Did the England team, fans and media become over-confident, even arrogant? Certainly not. The over riding feeling of Poms has been relief at the improved organisation/preparation - for once - and shock at the unfamiliar shambles of the Oz preparation, which was flayed by their press & their fans on this site. Has the balance between the two teams suddenly changed? Of course not. England still to win? Yes. 3-0 still? Yep!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    ohhh what a gr8 response to his TEST recall, ahead of DOUGH BOLLINGER...... HAPPY BDAY Siddle

  • POSTED BY MartinAmber on | November 25, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    As a non-jingoistic Pom, can I just say well done to Peter Siddle, and that I wasn't in the least bit surprised or shocked by the first day's events. Have been saying for months that we are over-rated by our media, and while I agree that the series is far from over, I am looking forward to more realistic appraisals from people who are paid to analyse rather than hype things up.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | November 25, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    260 may not be so bas after all. 4 batsmen got in and got out when set, and Cook really was in his shell for all the innings. The others did not even get a start. Obviously hattricks are an incoinvenience but I hope this England side have enough steel in them to be optimistic. After all only a completely soft in the head side loses a series on the basis of the first ball. Good players know how to forget what has been and focus on what is to come.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | November 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    A great day for Siddle and he earned every one of his wickets by bowling the right length and direction and moving the ball just enough. It's thrilling to see a hat-trick, even when it's my team on the wrong end of it! Not all bad for England: Hilf didn't bowl as well as I thought he would and after being 1-0 finished with 1-60. Johnson showed he is still the same bowler who struggled against Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, not some new improved version. Cook played a gritty innings and Bell played beautifully. Still, it was Siddle's and Australia's day.

  • POSTED BY sajidimrankhan on | November 25, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    well,well....great stuff by aussies....apreciateable and first day of this test will not be forgetable due 2 nice performance of siddle...history will repeat itself...its all about 1st ball or even 1st day......whoop:)))

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    come on auusies win the ASHES......

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    i wish my worst of luck to mighty mighty England... Go oz Go

  • POSTED BY alfredmynn on | November 25, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    What a cracker of a day we've had! Just goes to show that the best spectacle in cricket has always been, is and always will be the Ashes. The history and prestige attached to the Ashes is what makes teams lift and produce such memorable performances, whatever the circumstances (even if the two teams playing may not be the best in the world at a given time). Good luck to both teams, and whatever you do, keep the great cricket coming.

  • POSTED BY Vijay.Naik on | November 25, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: come on mate!!! grow up!!! India is best team in the world AT THE MOMENT its truth. This was the same ranking system which showed Aussies as #1 for almost 2 decades. And about flat pitches in India, if Aussies/NZ/England are great teams they should bat equally as India does. There aren't any separate pitches for hosts and visitors. Abt 1st day of Ashes 2010, wait still 4days are to be played and Aussies will be tested equally by Englishmen. How gr8 Aussie team can be determined only after Ashes... and NO comments on SRT's performance. Can you tell me one instance where so called great player PONTING Scored a 200 in subcontinent FLAT pitches??? Playing good for 2-3yrs do not make a player great and where does your Mr.(?)CRICKET gone??? now he's Mr.Wicket!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Oz's but if it wasn't for P Siddle this was easily POMS day, Mitchell Johnson and Hilfenhaus couldn't get their line and length right; and they should had given Watson more overs because he was giving less runs then these other two's.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Still this could become an even contest if Anderson and swan turn things back. Day 2 will be the decider of this test I think. Whichever team does well tomorrow will have the control of this test. Great Contest!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    @KiwiRocker Too right lad :) I loved how you put the Tendulkar line in making sure at least 30 Indians came to the rescue of this Dustbowl Demolisher :) Good stuff Australia :) Good interesting cricket unlike the boring Indian matches on dustbowls

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Specials 'England have nothing to fear in Brisbane' " Bowl at Boycs" Famous last words like Custer "F....., where did thos Indians come from?"

  • POSTED BY needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on | November 25, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    where is Doug Bollinger. There shoudn't have been choice between Bollinger and siddle. This is all cos of mitchelle johnson who should never have been selected. Johnson bowling is worse then any other bowler. Making way for Bollinger would be great. Australia shouldn't be happy with Siddles performance cos they have also left equally talented Doug bollinger. If not for mitchelle England would have been all out way early. Have a thought before selecting johnson just for his batting is better then siddle/bollinger doesn't mean he cannot take a single wicket on batsmen friendly wickets.. TOTALLY OUT OF FORM JOHNSON..Bring back Bollinger.. BETTER TO GET MORE WICKETS rather then 20 MORE JOHNSON RUNS

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | November 25, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Looks like the person "KiwiRocker" is a sore looser.Guess people like you should seriously think twice before posting some idiotic comments against Tendulkar.And coming to India being the No.1 test team,guess everyone will shut up when they win the series against SA.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Well we are off to a cracking start!! Great start to the Ashes and at last the Aussies have something to crow about.......will make the final outcome all the more sweet.

  • POSTED BY sammydhamani on | November 25, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I think this match will last upto the 4th day...but will have enough excitement to make a riveting contest...Australia are on top but they will have to beware of the Poms...let the contest begin!!!

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | November 25, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Awesome bowling by siddle and also he proved his doubters wrong.Looking forward for an intense match up between these two sides.As a mutual cricket fan i just cant wait for the 2nd day to start.With bollinger expected to be play in the 2nd test guess mitch will be replaced unless he comes up with something special in the 2nd innings!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    it is gr8 start long way too goo..all the best aussies...

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    great start for aussies... still long way to go... tommorrow will decide the fate of this match...hope it doesnt rain...

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 25, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Unless you get paid to support a team. Supporting any team or putting down any other team only shows your bias and ego. No one team has a monopoly over #1 rank, so stop blamming India for being #1 and relish improvements in whatever team you support be it NZ or AUS for Eng appears to be not doing well in this match.

  • POSTED BY svasudevan on | November 25, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Its not easy in Australia; Australians are not that weak as they were in 1986, when even Indians were dictating terms to them. Australia favorites to win this test and the series.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 25, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Wow, not only Siddle took a hat trick, but he also took all important wickets. This result of this test will most likely decided on 4th day or earlier. I think England should have slowed down a little. England played aggressively, which took the option of draw out of the picture. Australia has an upper hand and a lot would depend on how they bat.

  • POSTED BY Spotty_Fixer on | November 25, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    IPLisdull

    Only the most stupid of England fans and the media thought that England would thrash Australia. However the teams are more evenly matched than they have been in a long time so we've got a good opportunity to turn you over. Whether that happens is another thing entirely.

    Round 1 to you lot though. I went to bed at 2 in the morning over here fairly happy at 89-2 given Strauss went so early to a nothing delivery. When I woke up this morning and checked the score the only way I could have felt worse was to find Mr Siddle in bed with the missus!

    Once again we're reliant on our bowlers to get us back in it.

  • POSTED BY Sam_SRT_Fan on | November 25, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Can't believe Andrew Strauss played straight into the Aussies' hands on the third ball of the 1st test! Did the our think tank miss the trick by electing to bat first? Did they not read the pitch well enough? I'm sure Jimmy Anderson would've done as well is Peter Siddle if he had bowled first...... So much for staying up till so late in the night......

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | November 25, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    One of my last memories before going to bed last night was Nasser Hussein saying the difference between the two sides could be England's strong lower middle order. I've known the commentator's curse be responsible for a wicket now and again, but Nass secured a hat-trick today.

  • POSTED BY TorontoBlueJays on | November 25, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I expect the English bowlers to get quick wickets with some short bowls, and some good spin bowling by Swann. Watson might try to go after Swann and get himself in trouble. Hussey and North are top class players, but in any given day, they can choke.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    I was the biggest mitchel johnson fan and watching today hurt me to say this, he is no a liability to australia and i agree with some comment here, he doesnt look like taking a wicket. Mitchel is going to have to score at least a good 50 and then get 5 for in 2nd innings to keep his spot infront of bollywood. Still not sold on doherty, i think O'keefe is still the better option and yet he may not even play for nsw tomorrow. Crazy, o'keefe come and play for Qld. Hopefully see trent copeland playing for nsw and i bet he takes another big bag full of wickets. I gotta say also Ricky did a good job as captain today, he had decent fields and the bowling changes were spot on. Well done ricky.

  • POSTED BY asif_the_spotfixer on | November 25, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @ sur clycinic yes even i loved to watch these minnows 5th and 6th ranking teams compete against each other.. looking forward clash between no. 1 and no.2 test teams series next month.

  • POSTED BY asif_the_spotfixer on | November 25, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @ kiwi rocker as u know indians eat kiwi curry just 2 days ago it was very tasty, and we taste in newzealand also last year both in test and odi it was more delicious, stop saying pity things about tendulkar its 100 in both forms are equal to all new zealand players 100 all time. so look at urself first before saying something to others and yes we thrashed same aussie team last month... when u r enjoying ur whitewash against bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY smjr on | November 25, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    @snepram,@ KiwiRocker. It is true that current test ranking system of ICC is very immature and irrational. The formula shall be based on home or away test win. Away test win weightage be doubled than the home test win and similarly for test losses, unless the playing condition and pitch condition are similar for each venue which I think is not possible. It seems that someone has devise a formula in ICC just like Dukworth lewis in ODI and perhaps no country has ever ask for a better formula. In my opinion a test championship be made after every 4 years whereby each team play each other on league basis in 8 to 10 months time so there will be nearly 35 test matches. The team winning most shall be declare test champion for next 4 years. The ICC Future Tour Program shall also remain in tact. Secondly the URDS system shall be applicable for each test series rather than putting this to consent of the two board or team to mutually decide before the series. (Continued)

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    well i guess england would now be knowing they acctually have landed in australia and that is far from their sweet home

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | November 25, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    jus d 1st day of the series..already a hatrick to Aus...thrash them Aussies..expect a 4-0 score

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | November 25, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Aus will get a lead of 107, England will bat again and will give Aus 215 to win which they will win by 2 wickets. A classic to start the series.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | November 25, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    I do not know why you australian fans are jumping here and there as if the test match is won by Australia. Just one day is over and England put up a decent total. Please jump here and there only after aus avoiding the follow on. I request the Australian Cricket Board to place order for more cricket stumps at GABBA as Anderson is going to destroy all the stumps.

  • POSTED BY Shadrachr on | November 25, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    @snepram There is no need for anyone to be jealous of one person, one simple person i would say. The one who did not even hold single world cup. Ha ha ha.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    this match will still go 5 days imho. australia really have to build a massive lead. there might be rain coming

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | November 25, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Really good start to this series - an exciting first day and historic hat-trick. Definitely worth staying up for, but it just shows you can't leave them for 5 mins, as a couple or three hours sleep produced a mini-collapse & the hat-trick. Would this have happened if I hadn't gone to bed??? This time yesterday this website was absolutely FULL of enraged Aussies who couldn't understand their crazy selectors picking Siddle!!! (What do we fans know - Poms or Oz?) Before the start I had a hunch on a low-scoring game, and still do. I'd have been relieved if England got 250, delighted with 300. So this score may not be too bad at all. On balance, I'd say the hat-trick has just - only just - seen Australia nudge herself slightly in front. Certainly no more than that yet - and it's absolutely nothing over 5 days. Impressed with KP, who has been carried for 2 years, and all England's recent improvement has come without him, so anything he produces will be a bonus. Well done Siddle, Bell

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Perfect Gift by ENGLAND for SIDDLE Brithday.I think memorable day for siddle on his cricket carrier.

  • POSTED BY ray-jay on | November 25, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    No 1 gave MOOBZILLA a chance, well done boet, kill the commonwealth 11

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | November 25, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Still a long way to go yet but a tidy start and a much needed morale boost for us. That's about all we got today. Anything could happen from here.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    DINESHCC . is he going to magically start swinging the kookaburra ball for once. keep believing that. it might actually come true one day

  • POSTED BY IPLisdull on | November 25, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    @surlysynic surely your post has been misdirected from the India vs New Zealand match report from recent series. Also I notice not much chest beating going on from the all too noisy English supporters who felt incredibly confident that their match hardened side would come here and thrash a rebuilding Australian side that has lost its way on home soil. I think we may now see how meaningless averages padded out by tours against Bangladesh and Pakistan really are (namely Trott, Broad, Prior, Anderson {high hopes for Finn}). I realise it is only day one, lets hope it is still going by day 5, bring it on!!!

  • POSTED BY chuckmuchingo on | November 25, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Aussies are a most interesting breed...yesterday there wasn't ONE comment supporting Mr Siddle, now you are all his best mate and the Ashes are over.

    Well my upside down friends,

    ....One swallow does not a summer make....

    and I can forsee quite a lot of word swallowing by Aussie's as the series progresses and it isn't the one-sided you all HOPE it will be.

    By the way...congrats to Aus on winning the first day and on Mr Siddle for proving all his "loyal" countrymen wrong.

    1 day down- 24 to go.

    Jolly good show

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    only engligh media like to hype english players there u go booooooo

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    England Collapsing in same fashion as did against Pakistan, English down and out, go ausies go, 5-0

  • POSTED BY snepram on | November 25, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    @KiwiRocker; Must be a kiwi i think..... I think you are quite jealous of india as your country can never match India in cricket... Moreover.. you should be jealous of tendulkar as toltal number number of runs scored by your first choice 11 in the current team will not bein match with tendulkar number... So, Think before you yell out about India and TENDULKAR whether you say good or bad about tendulkar... Its a known fact that Tendulakar is God... Even your favourites teams, Ackowleged that..By the About the Ashes, its good to see the intensity with wich both the teams play.... now Australia has the upper hand and dont know what may happen tommorow... hoping for a very thrilling match..:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Way to go, Aussies! Think England forgot who they were playing against.

  • POSTED BY DexterDouglas on | November 25, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    @fairfan - The writer is saying that Bell opened up in a way he rarely has before at international level, not that he's one of the first batsmen to up the ante when the tail is all that's left. No one was slurring your precious Laxman.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    We have shown the poms, how desperate we are to nail them one by one. Siddle, master class bowling. Pretty disappointed with Johnson's effort, probably he will be left out in the 2nd test if he could not perform in the 2nd innings. I just, hope he performs. Now, we have to put a mammoth run in front the poms, so that they get drown soon. Happy Bithday, SIDDDLE. A perfect Birthday Gift. First a Hattrick then a fiver and then SIX. Go Aussie ...........

  • POSTED BY Benkl on | November 25, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Well Australia have done quite well over the last few years if you consider they have been playing with 10 men for so long . Mitchel Johnson needs to go he is too unreliable , Australia have leaked too many runs the last year they need more tight bowlers. The X man and Siddle were great.

    So unless Mitch gets a 5 for i would drop him .

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | November 25, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    I expected a classic encounter and it DELIVERED! Only 3 good bats - Cook, Pietersen and Bell and only 3 good bowlers - Siddle, Doherty and Watson. Tough to bat on and tough to bowl on too. Just a tough encounter. England's bowling is much weaker but Australia's batting is weaker too. Expect a similar contest tomorrow but maybe not quite as high a quality. I had said 250 was a par score but with Australia no wickets down at the close, Australia are slightly on top. Just.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    wotta start... first day lived to all the hype.. great work from siddle... he is a hardworker... dissappointing to see the back of strauss so early tho... all in all great entertainment for cricket lovers... hope english bowlers take a lesson from siddle and pitch up to the batsmen ... cant wait to c swann in action too... real test starts now... three cheers for cricket.. : )

  • POSTED BY chilliboy1 on | November 25, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Day One of a Five Test Series and the Aussies think they have won already!! I think that England can and will fight back, and the Aussies have lost 2 series in England despite dominating or winning the first match...so just wait a little while. Australia will be in for an anti-climax.

  • POSTED BY Australia17594 on | November 25, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    This is becoming like the 06/07 Ashes...

    Flintoff the captain last time in Australia got 3 Ball Duck.

    Lee got 1/51 but this time Hilf got 1/60 Mcgrath got 6/50 this time Siddle got 6/54...

    From this Stat. Somebody in the Aussie team will get close to 190 (hopefully =D)

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | November 25, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    @DINESHCC...wishful thinking I think...clearly when you wrote your post you had your tongue firmly in your cheek...I would say it's maybe a case of a few red faced poms as they talked themselves up so much...I'm not saying the Aussies have this match in the bag, but at least the Aussies showed they aren't going to be the pushover so many Englishmen would like to think. Bring it on!

  • POSTED BY A_J.. on | November 25, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    @DINESHCC... buddy its not "Gully Cricket"; or You are living in Dreams. Aussies are going to crush them brutally in this Series; & this is just the Trailor of the Series, they are predicting too easy for them to achieve......

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | November 25, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Epic crowd, epic day of cricket. I'm with Longdonkey on this one though, one day doesn't make a series and these two sides are inconsistent at best. If it's couldy and humid I expect Anderson to be in his element and will have a big say in how this game develops. If the Aussies can get 200+ in front they're well set but it's still early days.

    Great work Siddle - Both his colleagues and opposition should take note of where he put the ball all day. He reaped the rewards for quality line and length. Great start Aussies, batton down the hatches and drive home the advantage with a big day at the crease.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | November 25, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Peter Peter the pommy eater!!!!! hahahaha poms had no right to confident and we just reminded them who they are playing!!! AUS 5-0 BABY!!

  • POSTED BY mcheckley on | November 25, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    How extraordinary that this day should attract such extreme comments from people who are, presumably, Test Cricket enthusiasts and, therefore, connosieurs of the long format of the game. Emphasis on LONG. England's day was NOT horrifying - it was disappointing and poor. 260 all out is NOT a disaster, it's just not a very good score. The balance is now in Australia's favour for this 1st Test Match, yes, but only tilted - England can still come back and win the game. And, even if England lose, there are 4 more matches. And please, Mr. Tupper, let's not go playing around with the batting order just because some people got out. Bell is at the absolute peak of his powers at the age of 28 and, for the next five years, will be amongst the two or three leading specialist batsmen in world cricket. We have seen where he performs best, and it's NOT at the top of the middle order. Lets use him where he wil make most runs. Colly will come good - we know that - as the series matures. As will Stauss.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | November 25, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Just 1st day is over. Dont expect too much. Aussies will always be Aussies. Tomorrow Anderson blow away the entire Aus team and Eng will take 1st innings lead of 120. See you tomorrow

  • POSTED BY Shadrachr on | November 25, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Yo.. Yo.. Yo..

    All those who have taught Ponting captaincy will end with this Ashes he has replied strongly in action

    Very good field placement and superb bowling changes.

    All those who told bad abt him bites the dust.. ha ha ha.. And everyone know haters of ponting are from which part and the reason also.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Johnson out and Bollinger in for Adelaide.. and then we are set... great efforts today from all apart from Johnson.. Good start Doherty.. hope you keep it up..

  • POSTED BY Spotty_Fixer on | November 25, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Same old England.

    It seems we never learn. Well done Siddle, you bowled brilliantly and took advantage of some plainly awful batting. Apart from that the bowling was ordinary.

    Just what the hell was Prior thinking attempting to drive the first ball he was facing in the entire series? This is Australia at the Gabba and a bowler who has already taken 3 wickets. Your main focus should be on not giving your wicket away, trying to drive him for 4 is stupid and suicidal. Add to that all the loose shots outside the offstump with Skip losing his head 3 balls in and we serve up another batting collapse. Punter must have thought Xmas came early when Strauss got himself out off a nothing delivery.

    All credit to the Aussies though, they've had it tough recently and gone back to basics. Game on.

  • POSTED BY fairfan on | November 25, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Left with the tail, he opened up in a manner rarely seen at the highest level" - seems you have not watched VVS Laxman at all. A very insular and jingoistic comment to be put on Cricinfo. Surely we can expect more objective views on these matches.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Well what a brilliant start to The Ashes... couldn't have expected more jam packed action on the first day!! Watch out for an England backlash tomorrow, Graeme Swann and Anderson hold the key

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    SIDDLE SIDDLE SIDDLE SIDDLE SIDDLE SIDDLE SIDDLE :-)

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | November 25, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Always good to see a feisty clash between two minnows. Entertaining stuff.

  • POSTED BY DStandAtMAC on | November 25, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Hattrick in a test. Great show Siddle. Looks like English is for a tough summer down under if day 1 is anything to go by. If the Aussies establsih a stranglehold on day 2, English might be chasing the leather rest of the summer.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Well done Ponting and Co. but no mention of Aleem Dar, thought he is another hero, how perfect decision making from him, all 4 referals were against him but he stood tall against all. three cheers for him tooooooooo but bravo australia and Siddle.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    In austrailia aussies is king

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    it was a great day of cricket and i am glad i was there to witness it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Aussies (in particular siddle) bowled really well......nw all depends on their batting.....englnd r slightly back at the moment...but i am sure they will bounce back strongly tomm

  • POSTED BY jlw74 on | November 25, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Great day from the first over! Siddle showed his worth with an OUTSTANDING performance was the pick of the bowlers before tea and got his rewards after. 2moro is all about the batting and if we post something around 400-450 will take some stopping. However this series is expected to ebb and flow so will be interesting to see how England come back on day 2. Bell looks in sublime touch and KP had some swagger so totals by the old dart will be posted during the series so its vital we cash in over the next day and a half two days. Big problem was Johnson he looked ordinary and never like taking a wicket will need to impress soon cause Doug looks like the best left arm quick in Australia right now and X Doherty not too bad at all. Bring on day 2 ahhhhhh The Ashes.

  • POSTED BY longdonkey on | November 25, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Congrats to Peter Siddle on a great return on a lot of hard work. So much for the NSW Bollinger and Hauritz supporters but you'll be saying the Rug would have got 7 for. Good first day but we have to follow that up with 400+ to consolidate a good Day 1.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Im an aussie supporter but dont get to full of ourselves right at this moment because remember what happened last series when we dominated the first test match but failed to win it. England can still recover

  • POSTED BY cricket__fan on | November 25, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Strauss's dismissal has set the tone for this Ashes, very much on the same lines as Harmison's ball did in 2006-07. It will be hard for England to recover from the psychological blow of this batting debacle and the series as good as lost for them. It is always difficult to beat Australia in their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | November 25, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Great test cricket. This is really the top two teams in world right now along with South Africa although Pakistan did give a bit of hammering to South Africa. Jokers in ICC have created a flawed ranking system and India that happens to be a useless team that has won nothing of note outside India is so called number one ranked team. Look at Australian bowling and English bowling, there is no comparison between these teams and India. NZ almost smoked India in India. I hope this flawed ranking system comes to an end. First day of Ashes was a throw back to good old test cricket which is the real cricket. I was getting bored and tired of seeing impostors like Tendulkar scoring worthless runs on dust bowls in India..I tip Australia to win as bowling wins matches and Australia has an excellent bowling unit. Its amazing that Brett Lee and Bollinger is not even in the team!

  • POSTED BY kiranmn on | November 25, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    I would say we need to wait for tomorrow's session as well to say that Aussies are on top.Even though it was a flat track, some swing could come to action. Common England

  • POSTED BY dmudge on | November 25, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Johnson is starting to look like the aussie bowler most likely to make way for Bollinger. Lucky for him he is the in-form batsman in the team! Will be really interesting to see if the selectors consider this option.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | November 25, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Siddle was on fire today, congrts to him getting the hat trick and on his birthday as well. A devestating piece of bowling in the afternoon and evening sessions, I personally didnt think there was much to fear from the rest of the attack australian attack. On the plus side for england Cook, and Bell were in the runs, its a shame they couldnt push on to get a century. Have to say first blood to Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    What can I say other than t-t-t-ta-TOLDYAAA!!! Along with India, Australia is the master of their domain, thats for sure. The side may be weaker, but in their backyard, Aussies will always be the dominators.

  • POSTED BY Helbrecht on | November 25, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    England seem to have been plagued by these batting collapses all summer or at the very least nose-diving from a good position. I really rate Siddle as a bowler considering the problems the Aussie bowling line-up has had since it lost McGrath, Warne and Lee.

    @alf_tupper - too true!

  • POSTED BY shri619 on | November 25, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    don't get over excieted aussies there is still 4 day left as we all no aussie play 1 good day and struglle another day i bet once 1 wicket fall their batting order will collapse i am damm sure they will all out under 200

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    The game's not over. England can come back strongly looking at thier bowling arsenal esp. Graeme Swann who has a knack of picking up a wicket in his first over.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | November 25, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    ...and he's a Victorian!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    this is the best b'day present for Siddle

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 25, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Sid Vicious! What a way to announce your return! He was superb today, can't say the same for Johnson who had better get it together in the 2nd innings or else he'll be struggling to justify his spot. Personally, I think he should be dropped in favour of Bollinger, who at least is capable of bowling at the stumps.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Always knew Siddle was the man to go with ahead of Bollinger though the latter has a strong shout in this case as well..

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | November 25, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Let me be one of the first to say to all the Poms and pessimistic brown undied Aussie supporters- probably New South Welshman- I hope you're sucking on that lemon nice and hard!! What a great day. Johnson still sucked but so much for the theory that Siddle is a rubbish bowler and Bollinger should've played! Which state is Siddle from? Oh he's a Victorian isn't he?!! Go VICS and go Aussies!!!!!!!!! Wooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Aussies will always be Aussies with or without the greats (hayden, langer, waughs, mcgrath, warne). for england siddle will be the new tormentor for the ashes2010. lets not forget bolinger is waiting in the wings and the fact that it is the Aussie backyard

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 25, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    What a superb start to ourAshes campaign!Day One at the Gabbatoir sets up the remainder of the summer! Sid Vicious is now the most feared bowler by the Poms.Sensational hat- trick and a 6 fer! Congratulations, Selectors,for a brilliant side chosen! And what can you say about debutant Xavier Doherty! 2 wickets on debut, great aggression against KP,and praise from the Master of Spin, Shane Warne! Well done, Ricky Ponting - superb bowling changes and field placements. Lovely touch you showed to comfort Xavier Doherty when he dropped a difficult chance from Cook! And well played,Simon Katich,boundary,boundary off Graeme Swann! Australia couldn't have written a better script for this Ashes series!Goodoh,mates!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Horrifying first day for England ....

  • POSTED BY alf_tupper on | November 25, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Time to move the in-form Bell up the order a notch and allow Colly to settle in a bit at six. Problem is that this type of thing is normally only done after it's too late.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    C'mon Aussie... Way to go... PSiddle's da MAN... PSiddle and a fully fit Duggy Bollinga... watch out for the deadly combo in near future..

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  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    C'mon Aussie... Way to go... PSiddle's da MAN... PSiddle and a fully fit Duggy Bollinga... watch out for the deadly combo in near future..

  • POSTED BY alf_tupper on | November 25, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Time to move the in-form Bell up the order a notch and allow Colly to settle in a bit at six. Problem is that this type of thing is normally only done after it's too late.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Horrifying first day for England ....

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 25, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    What a superb start to ourAshes campaign!Day One at the Gabbatoir sets up the remainder of the summer! Sid Vicious is now the most feared bowler by the Poms.Sensational hat- trick and a 6 fer! Congratulations, Selectors,for a brilliant side chosen! And what can you say about debutant Xavier Doherty! 2 wickets on debut, great aggression against KP,and praise from the Master of Spin, Shane Warne! Well done, Ricky Ponting - superb bowling changes and field placements. Lovely touch you showed to comfort Xavier Doherty when he dropped a difficult chance from Cook! And well played,Simon Katich,boundary,boundary off Graeme Swann! Australia couldn't have written a better script for this Ashes series!Goodoh,mates!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Aussies will always be Aussies with or without the greats (hayden, langer, waughs, mcgrath, warne). for england siddle will be the new tormentor for the ashes2010. lets not forget bolinger is waiting in the wings and the fact that it is the Aussie backyard

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | November 25, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Let me be one of the first to say to all the Poms and pessimistic brown undied Aussie supporters- probably New South Welshman- I hope you're sucking on that lemon nice and hard!! What a great day. Johnson still sucked but so much for the theory that Siddle is a rubbish bowler and Bollinger should've played! Which state is Siddle from? Oh he's a Victorian isn't he?!! Go VICS and go Aussies!!!!!!!!! Wooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Always knew Siddle was the man to go with ahead of Bollinger though the latter has a strong shout in this case as well..

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 25, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Sid Vicious! What a way to announce your return! He was superb today, can't say the same for Johnson who had better get it together in the 2nd innings or else he'll be struggling to justify his spot. Personally, I think he should be dropped in favour of Bollinger, who at least is capable of bowling at the stumps.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    this is the best b'day present for Siddle

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | November 25, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    ...and he's a Victorian!!!!!