‘Anderson brought it on himself’, says Peter Siddle

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“There was a lot of other stuff going on and James Anderson was in the thick of it and a culprit for it all happening”

Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has announced that England seamer James Anderson deserved being told that he was about to get a “broken f***ing arm” as he was constantly sledging Australian players throughout the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Siddle also pointed out that Anderson was one of the worst sledgers in international cricket.

“Anderson brought it on himself,” Siddle told Radio Sports National. “So fair’s fair.

“There was a lot of other stuff going on and James Anderson was in the thick of it and a culprit for it all happening.

“He is one of the leading wicket-takers in the world so he is happy to have a chirp but as long as Mitchell Johnson keeps bowling them around his ears that will quieten him up pretty quickly.”

Siddle added that a lot of words had been exchanged throughout the match, but only captain Michael Clarke’s outburst happened to be caught on the stump microphone.

“It’s just natural,” he said. “It wasn’t any different to normal. If it hadn’t of been on the mic a lot people would not have said so much about it.

“The most disappointing thing is that it actually came up (on the broadcast). It’s not meant to at that time and it is very stiff for Michael.

“Throughout the series there will be more of it going on but it will be under control.”

The 29-year-old also admitted that the was extremely surprised at how easily England succumbed to the pressure of the Australian pace attack and their short-pitched bowling.

“Especially with the second innings,” he said. “I think in the first innings we took them by surprised a little bit.

“But in the second innings, with some of the plans for some of their players and the way we got the wickets, it was disappointing (for England).

“To have such a convincing win shows the position we are in and the strength around the side at the moment.”

Siddle also took the opportunity to wish England batsman Jonathan Trott all the best after he pulled out of the Ashes series with a stress-related illness.

“Everyone knows what a class player he is,” Siddle said. “For us it’s a big bonus but for him personally it is disappointing.

“I hope he comes back strong after whatever it is. He is a class player and you want to play against the best players in the world.”

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