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Ashes: Australia bowler Peter Siddle confident after third day

Peter Siddle: Confident Australia can halt England

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Australia bowler Peter Siddle remained upbeat after a draining third day of the fifth Ashes Test against England at The Oval.

The touring bowlers were made to toil on a dour pitch - England showing little ambition in terms of strokeplay as they edged their way to 247-4 in reply to Australia's 492-9dec.

Siddle said afterwards: "I think obviously the runs are down but we'd have liked a few more wickets. It was a tough day for us because they took their time and batted slowly.

"We know tomorrow morning that if we can get on top quickly then we can still get them out for a low total.

Frustrating day for Australia

"It was a bit slow and holding up. The short balls weren't getting up so it was hard work. We had to be patient and I don't think we built as much pressure on the batsmen as we'd have liked.

"A lot of credit goes to us today for the way we bowled and the patience we showed. We stuck to it and hopefully we can get the rewards tomorrow morning."

Looking ahead to tomorrow, the 28-year-old added: "We've just got to get stuck in early in the morning. We need to get an early one - get Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in there early. We can't give anyone time to settle.

"We've just got to have a good crack. We still need six more wickets and it could take us until the afternoon but we want them as quick as we can."