Ashes - Siddle takes hat-trick as England slump

Thu, 25 Nov 07:57:00 2010

Australian paceman Peter Siddle destroyed England's first innings as he took a stunning hat-trick and ended with six for 54 as England were dismissed for 260 on the first day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

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Siddle, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, claimed the key wickets of Kevin Pietersen (43) and Alastair Cook (67) in two brilliant spells that pegged the tourists back just when they looked like taking control.

Ian Bell, who hit a gutsy 76, was the last recognised England batsman to fall to give Xavier Doherty his first Test wicket on debut. The left-arm spinner added his second to end the innings when he bowled James Anderson for 11.

It was Siddle's day, however, and he more than justified his inclusion in the attack at the expense of Doug Bollinger by claiming career best figures, his third five-wicket Test haul and becoming the 11th Australian to take a Test hat-trick.

England's talisman Pietersen and Paul Collingwood (4) both fell to slip catches in his second spell after lunch but it was the third spell that really set the day alight and dented England's hopes of ending Australia's 22-year unbeaten run in Tests at the Gabba.

Opener Cook, who had held the England innings together with a dogged half century, went first, when Shane Watson juggled the ball in the slips before he secured the catch.

Siddle kept it simple with his next ball, a venomous full delivery that took out wicket-keeper Matt Prior's middle stump and sent him back to the dressing room for a golden duck.

The capacity crowd, sensing something special, rose to their feet as England's young bowling hope Stuart Broad walked out to the crease and went into wild celebrations as Siddle fired down a superb in-swinger that struck the batsman on the toe and umpire Aleem Dar raised his finger for lbw.

Siddle and his team mates' initial euphoria was however quietened as Broad appealed the decision to the television umpire, though the replays only confirmed Dar's decision and the bustling fast bowler's hat-trick.

Graeme Swann managed to fend off the last delivery of the over but lasted only 22 minutes before he became Siddle's sixth victim, trapped leg before for 10.

Australia's Simon Katich and Shane Watson, anxious to avoid the fate England suffered when skipper Andrew Strauss was out for a duck on the third ball of the match, successfully negotiated the last seven overs of the day to reach 25 for none at stumps.

Katich will resume on 15 not out alongside Watson, who was on nine at the close of play.

Day One Timeline (All times UK):

23:35 - England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and chose to bat

00:05 - England 0-1 (0.3 overs) - A hint of movement back into Strauss from an otherwise innocuous short ball results in a cut straight into the hands of gully fielded Mike Hussey.

00:20 - England 10-1 (3.5 overs) - Australia review after Aleem Dar turns down lbw shout by Peter Siddle against Jonathan Trott, the full ball is just shaving leg stump but not by enough to overturn the original decision

01:12 - England 41-2 (14 overs) - Trott goes from the last ball of Shane Watson's first over, driving round a full-length delivery to be bowled off and middle stump.

01:50 - England 70-2 (23.1 overs) - England thankful for fallibility of debutant Xavier Doherty, who put down a routine chance at point from a tame cut at Watson to reprieve Alastair Cook on 26.

02:00 - England 86-2 (26 overs) - LUNCH

03:30 - England 117-3 (37.3 overs) - Kevin Pietersen pushes out at an attempted drive on the up and is caught high at second slip for 43 by Ricky Ponting at the start of a new spell from Siddle.

03:40 - England 125-4 (39.5 overs) - A minor variation of Pietersen's dismissal as Paul Collingwood edges Siddle low to Marcus North at third slip.

04:05 - England 151-4 (46.5 overs) - Cook brings up his 23rd Test fifty off 127 balls with four boundaries.

04:10 - England 151-4 (47.2 overs) - Simon Katich at short leg is convinced that Ian Bell has edged Mitchell Johnson behind but Hotspot brings up nothing so Aleem Dar's not out decision is ratified.

04:40 - England 172-4 (56 overs) - TEA

05:45 - England 197-5 (65.3 overs) - Cook had held the England innings together with a dogged half century before the bustling right-arm Siddle had him caught by Shane Watson at second slip for 67.

05:47 - England 197-5 (65.4 overs) - Siddle then produced a venomous full delivery that took out Matt Prior's middle stump

05:50 - England 197-5 (65.5 overs) - Siddle produced another brilliant swinging full delivery that struck Stuart Broad on the toe, umpire Aleem Dar raising his finger for lbw with his decision upheld by the television umpire.

06:03 - England 209-7 (67.2 overs) - Bell flicks Siddle behind square leg for his fifth boundary to complete his 24th Test fifty.

06:13 - England 228-8 (69.2 overs) - Graeme Swann becomes Siddle's sixth victim, trapped leg before for 10.

06:20 - England 229-8 (69.2 overs) - Keeper Brad Haddin drops Jimmy Anderson, one handed to his left, to deny Siddle a seventh wicket.

06:53 - England 254-9 (76.1 overs) - Ian Bell, who hit a gutsy 76, was the last recognised England batsman to fall, giving Xavier Doherty his first Test wicket as he is caught in the deep, chasing runs.

06:56 - England 260 (76.5 overs) - Doherty added his second to end the innings when he bowled James Anderson, attempting to play a reverse sweep for 11.

07:35 - Australia 25-0 (7 overs) - STUMPS

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