Siddle ecstatic to be winning battle against arch-rival Pietersen

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“To be the one to get him, it does bring a lot of joy to myself personally”

Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has admitted that he is ecstatic to be winning his battle against England batsman Kevin Pietersen in the ongoing Ashes series.

Siddle has now dismissed Pietersen on 10 different occasions.

Siddle stated that getting Pietersen out was always a key moment as he has the ability to wear down a bowling attack and completely take the game away from the opposition.

“He’s obviously inflicted a lot of pain on us over the years, so to see the back of him is always nice,” Siddle said. “To be the one to get him, it does bring a lot of joy to myself personally, but also the team.

“It just comes down to the challenge – you want to challenge yourself against the best players in the world and he’s one of those.

“I rise to the challenge and try to build as much pressure on him as I can. I’m lucky enough to get him, but it could be anyone in the side.”

Siddle was also pleased to have finally regained the Ashes after five years and believes that there was no better place to have done it than on home soil.

“It’s been a long time coming for a fair few of us,” he said. “To have played in three and lost, obviously there was a lot riding on this series.

“Growing up, I never really saw an Australian side lose an Ashes series. So to be a part of a few myself had been disappointing and it was unfinished business.”

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