So it turns out Shane Warne has more pressing engagements than returning to the Australia team. Despite his shenanigans in a London hotel with Liz Hurley, Brett Lee has added his name to the long list of Aussies requesting that the legendary spin bowler returns to the team. That is how desperate the Australians appear to be. And this is all good for England who continue their unbeaten tour with a draw against Victoria. Matt Prior was the star wit … Read More
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I just knew my Ashes debut on Australian soil would not start quietly.
When England captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed just three balls into the Test I thought that was it, however that was just the start…
With the Brisbane sun shining down at a becalmed Gabba, Aussie quick Peter Siddle then grabbed the ball and sent the home fans into ecstasy with a blistering burst of pace bowling in the final session.
Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and then Stuart Broad were all cleaned up in the blink of an eye as Siddle, who was celebrating his birthday today, became only the fourth Australian to claim an Ashes hat-trick!
The fiery Victorian finished the day with figures of 6-54 as England crashed to 260 all out before Australia reached stumps in control on 25-0.
Bell completed a deserved 50 soon afterwards and finished with eight boundaries in his 131-ball 76.
It was a fine display from a vastly improved cricketer, on a day which started on an ominous note for England when captain Andrew Strauss cut the third ball straight to gully for nought.
The loudest plaudits rightly went to Victorian fast bowler Siddle, back in Test cricket for the first time in 10 months after a stress fracture to his back.