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Peter Siddle: Ramps? It’s funny in a way

August 12th, 2009 by Peter Siddle in Australia, England, Test cricket, The Ashes

It’s been nice to have a couple of extra days off after the win at Headingley, we’ve stayed up in Leeds and have just been taking it easy before we head down to Kent for the Lions match, which has made a pleasant change. The mood around the camp is great at the moment. We had a few disappointments around the first few Tests, with a few players not playing quite as they would have liked, so to finally get the first win and level the series up is a great feeling. We just can’t wait for The Oval now.

I was a little bit surprised by how easily England folded in Leeds, but it was the best we’d bowled all tour, and probably the best all-round bowling performance I’ve been involved in since I came into the side. As a bowling group we had a lot of pressure on us going into the match to take 20 wickets, so it was very pleasing. We stuck to our plans and they came good, although we certainly weren’t expecting to roll them for 102 in the first dig.

I had felt under a little pressure personally leading up to the Test, with a lot of talk about Stuart Clark coming back into the side. I knew I hadn’t been quite at my best through the series, so it was a bit of a nervous wait, but luckily for me I got to stay in and Nathan Hauritz, who has been outstanding, was the one to miss out. To then go on and take a first Ashes five-for was a very proud moment for me. It was brought about by the way we bowled as a group, I had Stuart Clark bowling amazingly at the other end from me which helped me with my confidence and the better he bowled the better I seemed to bowl, we complimented each other well! Even though Stuart has only played 23 Tests, he’s been around for a long time, and it’s great to have his experience and knowledge to call upon – he puts the batters under so much pressure with his consistency. That haul has lifted me into the world’s top 20 for the first time, which is nice to see, but winning the Test match was far more important.

Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson also did great at Leeds, it’s real good to see Mitchell back taking wickets, relaxed and playing with a smile on his face. With Brett Lee almost back and Nathan Hauritz itching for another go on a pitch that should turn the selectors will have a tough selection meeting before The Oval, it promises to be another anxious wait!

The way the game is played now it seems that if you win the toss you bat first, as it’s the best way of setting up the game. That said, I’d heard a lot of talk about how Headingley swings a bit, so it wasn’t a bad one to lose, and we were lucky to put in such a good performance on the first morning. It was also a bonus for us that England had so many distractions on the morning of the game – Andrew Strauss must have been a bit nervous wondering if Matt Prior was going to be ok, and they had the Flintoff decision to deal with as well. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but we were obviously able to get among them early on.

Ravi Bopara seems to still be struggling. He’s an attacking player and likes to play his shots, but the pressure of coming in so early on a wicket that you needed to dig in a little bit on looked to be on his mind. It’ll be up to the England selectors to decide whether they want to stick with him, it’s harder on them too when it’s a young bloke that’s struggling, an older bloke will know his game a little better and be able to deal with the situation. Talking of older blokes, we’ve heard the rumours and seen the footage on the TV that Mark Ramprakash might be recalled for The Oval, and Marcus Trescothick’s name has been mentioned as well. It’s funny to look at in a way, but we’ll just prepare how we normally do. It doesn’t matter to us what side England put out, we’re still going out to try and beat them at The Oval.

I was also a little surprised by the way England bowled. I don’t know what it was but they went away from what they had been doing earlier in the series. James Anderson wasn’t quite on song and gave a few away early on that helped the boys get on top. They were scoring freely, and then the body language came into play, they looked a little bit down, and the boys got on top of that and made them pay. That’s what Test cricket is all about. England had a bit of fun at the end with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann knocking us around the park, but I don’t think there’s too much to worry about there, we had set attacking fields and I don’t think they’d be batting like that if they were 100 for six.

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6 Responses to “Peter Siddle: Ramps? It’s funny in a way”

  1.   Trevor says:


    Hope you get whacked around at the Oval.

  2.   Matt says:

    Nice one Trevor, keeping up the great reputation the English fans have built up over this series. You’re a feral bunch aren’t ya, no respect at all.

    Top story Sids! Guess we shouldn’t be surprised that England go into panic mode, their selectors never have any confidence in the side they put out there so no wonder the media has no faith in their current day players… Bring on the old farts and watch Sids and Mitch destroy them!!

  3.   rusty says:

    Don’t be an ass Matt,

    Plenty of old farts, like North, Hussey, Clark, to name a few, have come into the team as old farts and completely outplayed younger players. Then there are the old farts like Gilchrist who were still playing better at the end than Siddle ever will, unless he learns to add more than one dimension to his game.

    He would do better to concentrate on improving his game, rather than writing this twaddle. If indeed it is actually him.

  4.   Sushant says:

    Ur comments are as rusty as ur name mate. Hussey, North and Clark come from the toughest domestic structure in the world where d word competition in instilled deep inside of them. The poms r too soft and so even though i do admit that ramps will be a better pick than Bopara or Bell, I dun think he ll the kind of impact that u d expect from some of the names u mentioned above.
    Ramps would be a decent choice but what will he be able 2 do when d rest of his teammates are sufferin from self belief……

  5.   Johnboy says:

    Rusty, can’t really see what you are moaning about? Sidds even says “an older bloke will know his game a little better and be able to deal with the situation.”
    He just says that for a touring side it’s quite funny to watch a country go mad about the prospect of picking a 40 year old who hasn’t played Test cricket for 8 years after one Test defeat.
    Which it is.

  6.   Leo says:

    What planet are you on Rusty?

    Even now Clark is 33, North 30 and Hussey 34.

    Ramps is 39. There is a big difference. Siddle doesn’t even say he would do badly.

    And Siddle seemed a pretty humble guy when he was interviewed on the box at Headingley, so I’m not sure where that Gilchrist comment comes from or what relevance it has.

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