Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Canada and Russia exchange snarky tweets

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger: Top opposition figure to be questioned in baby-trafficking scandal

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Liberia: President dismisses top officials who ignored call to return home

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Google rivals Amazon with delivery drone tests

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000 (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000

Read more

DEBATE

US-Africa summit: Obama unveils $33 billion US investment plan for Africa

Read more

  • Ukraine death toll mounts as Kiev plans to join NATO

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

Sport

Siddle hat-trick delights home crowd on first day of Ashes

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-25

Peter Siddle's hat-trick at the Gabba on Thursday put Australia firmly in command on the opening day of the first Ashes Test against England.

AFP - Peter Siddle celebrated a hat-trick and career-best Test figures on his birthday to bowl Australia into a commanding position against England after the opening day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday.

The stout-hearted Victorian paceman sent England reeling with the first Ashes hat-trick in 11 years, as he captured six for 54 to help dismiss the tourists for 260.

At the close, Australia had negotiated seven overs in fading light to be 25 without loss and trail England by 235 runs, with Shane Watson on nine and Simon Katich not out 15.

The Test match exploded into life in Siddle's 12th over late in the day when he dismissed Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad with consecutive deliveries to rip the heart out of the England innings after skipper Andrew Strauss had won the toss.

It was the 11th time an Australian bowler has captured a Test hat-trick and the first in an Ashes encounter by either side since English bowler Darren Gough struck in Sydney in 1999, and came as Siddle marked his 26th birthday.

"We're very confident and we've done everything we wanted to do," Siddle said. "That's how we wanted to start the Test match, get that early breakthrough and go from there and finish the day the way we did.

"That's the start we wanted to show everyone how we were going to play, and 10 wickets in a day and none down at the end of it is probably going to be a good position."

Siddle more than justified his selection ahead of Doug Bollinger when he followed up the significant scalps of Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood in the space of nine balls in the middle session with four wickets in the post-tea period.

The England innings collapsed spectacularly with the Siddle show, sending them spinning from 197 for four to 197 for seven in the space of three spell-binding deliveries.

Siddle brought the crowd roaring to its feet when he dismissed Broad leg before wicket to bring up his hat-trick after having Cook caught by Watson at first slip and bowling wicketkeeper Prior.

It was an electric atmosphere as Siddle charged in on the hat-trick ball and hit Broad directly on his boot in front of leg-stump, prompting umpire Aleem Dar to raise his finger to send the ground into uproar.

Only Ian Bell, Cook and Pietersen, yet again fleetingly, offered any great resistance on an easy playing pitch.

Bell followed up his 192 against Australia A last weekend with another fighting display of 76 off 131 balls, sticking it out while wickets clattered around him.

"Credit to Siddle and Australia. I thought they finished the day off fantastically well and that spell of bowling probably turned the game on its head a little bit," Bell said.

"We're not a million miles away from a par score, we know we are under par, but it's day one of an Ashes series and we've got an opportunity for our taller bowlers to come and hit the pitch hard tomorrow."

Cook occupied the crease for nearly five hours for his 67 off 168 balls with six fours, while the dangerous Pietersen got another start only to throw it away on 43.

He went on the front foot to drive, only to get a thick edge off Siddle to find Ricky Ponting at second slip.

Collingwood only lasted eight balls before falling in Siddle's next over, edging to Marcus North at third slip for four.

England lost the wickets of skipper Andrew Strauss off the third ball of the match and Jonathan Trott in the 14th over.

Strauss sliced a wide Ben Hilfenhaus delivery straight to Mike Hussey in the gully for a duck to strike an early psychological blow for the Australians, who are bidding to regain the Ashes lost in England in 2009.

Strauss's dismissal follows his inglorious last series in Australia four years ago when he made just 247 runs at 24.70 and scored only one half-century in his 10 Test innings.

Watson bowled Trott for 29 with an inswinger on the last ball of his opening over which collected his off-stump.

England have not won the Brisbane Test since Mike Gatting's team prevailed by seven wickets six tours ago -- on the way to their last Australian series victory in 1986/87.
 

Date created : 2010-11-25

  • CRICKET

    Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff retires

    Read more

  • CRICKET

    Fresh match-fixing claims hit scandal-tainted Pakistani team

    Read more

COMMENT(S)