Siddle keen on competition

Victoria quick backing competing bowlers to come good

Last Updated: 30/06/09 8:11am

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Siddle: Making strides

Siddle: Making strides

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Australia paceman Peter Siddle believes competition for places will spur his side on in their final Ashes warm-up match against the England Lions.

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"The competition is good for the team; it makes everyone try that little bit harder and put in that little bit extra so it's great for the team."
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The Ashes holders could only manage a draw against Sussex in their first four-day fixture of the tour as they look to finalise their starting XI for the first Test against England on July 8.

Siddle and Mitchell Johnson look certain to spearhead the attack, but Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Tasmanian quick Ben Hilfenhaus and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz are locked in battle to complete the attack.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch is arriving on English soil ahead of the final fixture at Worcester on Wednesday and the Victoria bowler insists the in-house rivalry will benefit the team.

"I think Andrew Hilditch gets in today and obviously it's got to be cut down," Siddle said. "It's going to be tough, but everyone is looking fit and strong and bowling well.

"The competition is good for the team; it makes everyone try that little bit harder and put in that little bit extra so it's great for the team.

"There's only XI playing this match and it's going to be tight but hopefully this side will be similar to the first Test side.

"This game will be important for the make-up of the first Test, so blokes will be disappointed if they miss out, but hopefully those that are selected perform well and push their case for the first Test."

Mind games

Siddle also hit back at reports that Australia cannot win because they lack a first-class spinner and is convinced, whatever the make-up of the attack, they can succeed.

"I think it's just an English way of getting at us a bit, saying that we're a bit weak with the spin," he said.

"But Hauritz in the second innings against Sussex bowled superbly and Marcus North also bowled well so I think it's just them trying to talk themselves up, having those three spinners in their squad.

"We've got the quicks there to back up the few spin options and I'm sure our bowling attack will be fine on those wickets."

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