Siddle targets two more

Paceman determined to sign off in style

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 17/09/09 11:50am

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Siddle: Targeting whitewash

Siddle: Targeting whitewash

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Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has urged his team-mates to sign off from their tour of England with a 7-0 NatWest series win under their belts.

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The tourists have powered into a 5-0 lead in the one-day series, and victory in the sixth ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday will put them within touching distance of a sensational whitewash win.

It would also be a scoreline that will go some way to easing the pain of their 2-1 Ashes reverse.

And Siddle, who made his first appearance of the series in the fourth ODI triumph at Nottingham on Tuesday, has urged his team-mates to complete what would be a humiliating result for Andrew Strauss' men.

Momentum

"It would be very pleasing," he said. "We've copped a lot of grief over the past two months over our performances in the Ashes, so to get a little back here and finish off these last two matches with wins would be a pleasing way to finish.

"We don't want to slacken off now and let all that momentum that we've built up go. We're going to be fighting hard to win the next two and win 7-0."

Australia are likely to shuffle their team in the final two matches with the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in South Africa next week, in mind.

Brett Lee was rested in order to allow Siddle his chance to claim figures of 1-50 on Tuesday at Trent Bridge.

Lee is expected to return for Thursday's day/night encounter, while Mitchell Johnson is likely to be rested after playing in the previous five victories.

Siddle has played just two one-day internationals and, while he is a novice in the limited-over form of the game, he is hoping to prove he is worth a regular place alongside fellow quicks Lee and Johnson on the faster-paced wickets of South Africa.

Shoot-out

"There is plenty to play for personally in these final two games," he said. "I want to try and secure a spot in the Champions Trophy. That's my aim.

"I know I've got to try and take this chance because Brett (Lee) has bowled so well in the series.

"I don't know if it's a straight shoot-out between us. It could depend on the wickets in South Africa and how they (the selectors) want to line up.

"South African wickets are a bit faster so I might be a chance to play with him rather than against him."

England are likely to keep faith with the same sarting XI which lost by four wickets on Tuesday - Dimitri Mascarenhas keeping his place in the middle-order after a foot injury to Luke Wright.

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