The Ashes: Australia v England 2013
The Ashes: Australia v England 2013. Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle is out to avenge three consecutive series losses to England when the Ashes starts at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday.
The series starts tomorow at the locally known, ‘GABBATOIR’ and Siddle is determined to try and reverse the trend of recent defeats, both in England and on home soil, as he hopes to finally get his hands on the little urn.
You want to hold that urn.
He told the Australian media: “We’ve played in a lot of matches against these guys now and lost. There’s a lot of revenge we want.
“There’s about five of us who have played in pretty much the last three and lost them all.
“It’s not a good record to have. It’s not something we want to look back on when we’re retired, you want to hold that urn.”
Australia are 13/8 to win the first Test in Brisbane and 8/5 to win the series, with Siddle 11/4 to be top bowler for his team in the series.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Shane Watson may yet recover from a hamstring injury enough to be able to bowl in Brisbane.
Watson will play solely as a batsman if he does not recover sufficiently, but Australia physio Alex Kountouris says the players should be able to bowl at some point in the next week.
If Watson can bowl, then off-spinner Nathan Lyon is likely to earn a place in the final XI.
Matt Prior still remains an injury doubt and he is crucial to England hopes as he averaged just over 50 when England won 3-1 the last time they were in Australia in 2010/11 and he can be backed at 18/1 to be his team’s top batsman in the upcoming series, with Kevin Pietersen 7/2 and Ian Bell 9/2.
The first Test at the Gabba starts on 21 November.
England are 21/20 to win the upcoming Ashes series and 7/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline, with Australia 9/2 to secure a drawn series.
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