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“Our plans have got a lot stronger”
Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has admitted that the baggy greens learnt everything the hard way when they toured England for the Ashes in July, but he added that the time for retribution was fast approaching.
Siddle noted that he, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris are all determined to make their country proud after the national team was humiliated at hands of England in the last Ashes series.
“Our plans have got a lot stronger,” Siddle said. “We know what to do differently. We know how to approach it and we’ll attack it hard.
“We know there’s a few players we need to work on and no doubt we’ll have them covered starting on Thursday.”
Siddle stated that both Johnson and Harris were going to play a crucial role in helping Australia regain the coveted urn.
“I think his experience is going to be great throughout this series,” Siddle said about Johnson. “I just think his knowledge of the game, his skill — he’s taken over 200 Test wickets, that’s quite impressive — so to have Mitch back around the unit and obviously Ryan Harris, the way he bowled over in England was outstanding, so I think we have a nice strong attack ready to go.”
The 28-year-old also reminisced about the hat-trick he took against England in Brisbane during the 2010-11 Ashes series.
Siddle removed Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in successive deliveries, while also claiming the wickets of Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann.
“Obviously it’s a highlight of my career but if you look back on it you want to win Test matches and that’s why we play the game,” he said. “It (the hat-trick) is something once I’ve retired I’ll look back and enjoy a lot more than I have now. I’d have rather won that Test match and won the series than worrying about individual highlights.”
Speaking about Pietersen, Siddle conceded that he was looking to spoil the South African-born batsman’s 100th Test match.
“That’s the plan,” he said. “It’d be nice to have wrecked it before then…we’ll see how we go.”
Siddle has dismissed Pietersen seven times, but he is looking to drastically increase that tally throughout the upcoming Ashes series.
“It’s always a tough contest to play against him, a challenge,” Siddle said. “It’s good fun…I’ve bowled all right against him, the last couple of times.
“(We want to) keep building that pressure, and try to make it a not very memorable last series for him – if it is his end.”
The Australian pace bowler has also set his sights on Cook.
“We’ve always targeted Cook,” he added. He’s the man that opens up the batting; he’s the captain and he’s the one we want to put the pressure on.”
Siddle also took the opportunity to talk about his strict vegetarian diet, saying: “It can vary from anywhere between 15 or 20 bananas a day. It’s fruit-based, and a lot of vegetables. It keeps me healthy and strong.”