A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Peter Siddle warns Australia not to rely on record at Gabba during first Test against South Africa

Siddle knows that South Africa’s pace attack can benefit from the conditions at Brisbane as well

Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has warned his fellow team-mates that they cannot rely on their record at The Gabba in Brisbane ahead of the first Test against South Africa.

Australia have won their last 10 Test matches at The Gabba, which is also known as the “home for fast bowlers”.

Many of Australia’s pace bowlers have recorded excellent bowling figures at the ground, especially James Pattinson, who claimed six wickets against New Zealand last year and more recently, he snapped up eight wickets during a Sheffield Shield match.

However, Australia’s coveted off-spinner Nathan Lyon has also put up good bowling figures while playing at The Gabba, claiming seven wickets against New Zealand in last year’s match.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Siddle as saying: “Everyone always talks about how it is a home for fast bowlers, a successful place for fast bowlers to go, but having that knowledge, it’s not an easy place. You can’t just turn up there and bowl and think you’re going to do well as a fast bowler, (but) that advantage of past Test matches there will keep us in good stead. James Pattinson has had success up there last year in the Test match and again this summer in the Shield game. If we can all work together we can start off well.”

South Africa have not played a Test match at The Gabba since 1963 and captain Graeme Smith admitted that his team would not know what to expect from the pitch.

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