Cricket: Peter Siddle Gets The Ashes 2010/11 Underway with Hat-Trick

Peter Siddle had the 26th birthday every Australian cricketer dreams of today as he took a test-best 6-54 on the opening day of this summer’s Ashes series against England in Brisbane – making a brilliant hat-trick in the process.

England rallied through the in-form Ian Bell (76), but were eventually removed for just 260 in  the Gabba.

Siddle’s hat-trick was no collection of tail-end charlies, either: he took out opener Alistair Cook (67, caught slip) before demolishing numbers seven and eight as he removed Matt Prior (0) and Stuart Broad (0) in successive deliveries.

Prior was clean bowled before Broad was given LBW, plumb in front.

Australia ended the day with openers Katich (15 N.O.) and Watson (9 N.O.) still in place and in a commanding position with the score at 25-0. England have their work cut out to avoid yet another opening test defeat.

England 1st Innings

 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Strauss c Hussey b Hilfenhaus
0
3 0 0
Cook c Watson b Siddle
67
168 6 0
Trott
 
b Watson
29
53 5 0
Pietersen c Ponting b Siddle
43
70 6 0
Collingwood c North b Siddle
4
8 1 0
Bell c Watson b Doherty
76
131 8 0
Prior
 
b Siddle
0
1 0 0
Broad lbw b Siddle
0
1 0 0
Swann lbw b Siddle
10
9 1 0
Anderson
 
b Doherty
11
23 2 0
Finn not out
 
0
0 0 0
Extras
 
6nb 6w 8lb 20
 
Total
 
all out 260 (76.5 ovs)

Australia 1st Innings

 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Watson not out
 
9
23 1 0
Katich not out
 
15
19 2 0
Extras
 
1lb 1
 
Total
 
for 0 25 (7.0 ovs)

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