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Peter English at the WACA
December 18, 2010
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Matches: Australia v England at Perth
Series/Tournaments: England tour of Australia
Peter Siddle and his team-mates are basking in Australia's dramatic turnaround but realise the job of regaining the Ashes is far from complete. Australia have stormed back into the campaign with two days of excellent work in Perth, and require only five more breakthroughs to draw level at 1-1.
England finished at an awful 5 for 81 in their pursuit of a now impossible 391 and Siddle said the locals' performance had changed the feel of the series. "There was obviously a lot of pressure on us in this match to get a result. There's still a lot of work to be done but it does make a big change for us."
Shane Watson set up Australia's second innings with 95 while Michael Hussey's 116 pushed them to 309. Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris then grabbed two wickets each and the only problem for Australia was a damaged finger for Ricky Ponting when he deflected Jonathan Trott's edge to Brad Haddin.
The fifth wicket came when Paul Collingwood was left to face the last ball after James Anderson, the nightwatchman, turned down a single from the penultimate delivery. Collingwood then edged Harris to third slip, where Steven Smith collected a sharp take. "It was a big point in the game for us to get five wickets at the end of the day," Siddle said. "It was a massive moment for us."
England's batsmen have been dominant over the first two games but Australia's pace quartet has been so strong in this match that Smith and Shane Watson haven't been used. "We just knew that if we played our best cricket that would put them under a lot of pressure," Siddle said. "That's what we've shown in this Test match, that we can play some good cricket.
"We've shown everyone out here, batting and bowling, that we can fight and we can work hard."
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