Bollinger reunion excites Siddle

Australian bowling duo hope for repeat of previous heroics

Last Updated: 03/12/09 3:08pm

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Siddle: Bollinger fan

Siddle: Bollinger fan

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Peter Siddle is looking forward to the opportunity to bowl alongside Doug Bollinger for Australia in the second Test against West Indies in Adelaide.

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"He's a good bloke to have around the team, he keeps everyone up and going and upbeat so it's going to be good fun out there with him again."
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With Ben Hilfenhaus ruled out due to a knee injury, Bollinger is likely to be the only change to Australia's line-up from the side that won the series opener at the Gabba inside three days.

The three-pronged pace attack of Siddle, Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson has worked before, with the trio taking 14 of 20 wickets in Australia's victory over South Africa in Sydney in January.

That was Bollinger's first and only Test cap to date so the left armer is keen for a return to the five-day stage after 11 months on the fringes.

And Siddle believes he and Bollinger can feed off each other when they bowl in tandem.

"I think we do," he said. "That Sydney Test against South Africa we both sort of enjoyed the contest and I think we did get each other going a little bit and he loves charging in there and bowling fast and bowling well.


"He's a good bloke to have around the team, he keeps everyone up and going and upbeat so it's going to be good fun out there with him again."

Siddle said Bollinger's attitude would be a positive for the side, but admitted Australia's approach would not differ too much from the Gabba Test, regardless of who opened the bowling.

"Every team that we sort of put out on the park is always aggressive and always wants to go well with the new ball," he added.

"Whether it's me and Mitch, or me and Doug, or Doug and Mitch, it will no doubt be a very fierce contest.

"That's why we play cricket, we all want to get the opportunity to open the bowling for our country and to get that chance."

Marcus North did not arrive at Adelaide Oval with his team-mates, missing his scheduled flight because of a stomach problem, but Siddle is confident the middle-order batsman would be fit to play.

"It was the safest option, everyone can understand that, you don't really want to travel on the plane with gastro," he said.

Sarwan return

Ramnaresh Sarwan is expected to overcome a back injury to take his place in West Indies' top order.

Sarwan missed the Brisbane defeat due to the problem but the tourists are confident he will be available in Adelaide.

With Jerome Taylor having returned home with a back problem, Sarwan may come into the side for Taylor - with Dwayne Bravo then expected to operate as the third seamer.

The alternative would be a straight swap, Sarwan for Travis Dowlin at number three, and either all-rounder Darren Sammy or seamer Gavin Tonge replacing Taylor.

"We didn't play as well as we could have (in Brisbane) but we've spoken about a few things, we just need to improve our all-round cricket," said Dowlin, who made scores of 62 and 4 in the first Test.

"It'll be tough, it won't be easy but obviously we are committed to the task. Definitely we can win."

Australia (from): S Watson, S Katich, R Ponting (capt), M Hussey, M Clarke, M North, B Haddin (wkt), M Johnson, N Hauritz, P Siddle, D Bollinger, C McKay

West Indies (from): C Gayle (capt), A Barath, S Benn, D Bravo, S Chanderpaul, N Deonarine, T Dowlin, B Nash, D Ramdin (wkt), R Rampaul, K Roach, D Sammy, R Sarwan, G Tonge

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