Thursday, November 25, 2010

Siddle rocked England on the first day of Ashes

Birthday boy Peter Siddle was on fire today, in his first Test for 10 months. He 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. 

Today in the morning England Captain A. Straus won the toss and decide to bat first. After losing some quick wickets, Cook and Bell put them on track. But in the mid Siddle break their momentum by picking up Cook, Prior and Broad, which give him the Landmark of hat-trick. 

Hat-trick Brief :
A Cook c Watson b Siddle 67 (282m, 168b, 6*4, 0*6), 
M Prior b Siddle 0 (1m, 1b, 0*4, 0*6), 
S Broad lbw b Siddle 0 (1b, 0*4, 0*6)

                     Decision Points  - Siddle's Wicket

On the hat-trick ball, Stuart Broad was caught on the toe from a full delivery to make Siddle the 11th Australian to grab a test hat-trick and the fifth of his countrymen to do so in England-Australia contests.
Broad challenged the decision, and after the initial roar from home fans and celebrations on the pitch there was a delay until the hat trick was confirmed by the TV umpire. 

The day began in a dramatic fashion when England captain Andrew Strauss, after winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow Gabba pitch, was dismissed without scoring from the third ball of the day, caught by Mike Hussey at third slip off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.

The lone bright spot for England on the day was the form of Ian Bell who top-scored with a sparkling 76 before becoming the ninth man to fall when he lofted the ball to Watson at deep point, becoming Doherty's first test wicket.XJ Doherty (Australia) took two wickets in the on hhis debut.

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