Ashes tour: Australia bowler Peter Siddle praises England batsmen

Last Updated: 20/07/13 8:12pm

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Peter Siddle: Frustrating day for Australia paceman

Peter Siddle: Frustrating day for Australia paceman

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Australia paceman Peter Siddle paid tribute to England's batsmen following the third day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Joe Root led the way for the hosts with an unbeaten 178 and he was given good support by nightwatchman Tim Bresnan (38), Ian Bell (74) and Jonny Bairstow (11no) as Australia picked up only two wickets during the day.

Siddle, who has figures of 3-65 after failing to add to his three wickets on Friday evening, said: "A lot of credit goes to their batters.

"I think they summed up the conditions well, took their time early on and just made us keep bowling and bowling. Obviously that last session they cashed in a little bit on the tired bodies that were out there.

"We could have been a little more consistent and patient. We were for most of the time but when we did lose that they capitalised and made the most of us lacking in concentration."

England lead by 566 after closing on 333-5 but Siddle does not believe that a victory is a formality for the home side.

He said: "It's going to be hard work, that's the truth that's behind it all. It depends what happens tomorrow morning. We have got to bowl well and hopefully get a few early wickets or at least tie it up and keep it tight.

"Then for how long we have to bat for, we bat. We just have to do that well and obviously see what happens come the end of day five."

Bell was handed a reprieve on only three when third umpire Tony Hill deemed that his edge to Steve Smith at gully had not carried, but Siddle played down the incident.

He added: "It was just one of those things, it just happens. Steve wasn't overly sure and it goes upstairs and you obviously take their decision."

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