Australia blank England offer for a drink

Peter Siddle

Australia snubbed an offer of a drink with their English and Ashes Cricket
opponents after England won the Ashes opening test match.

However Australian Paceman Peter Siddle says that there will be plenty of time
to drink after the Ashes series.

James Anderson revealed Monday that the Australians had snubbed England captain
Alastair Cook’s offer of a drink following the hosts’ 169-run win in Cardiff
on Saturday that put them 1-0 up in the five-match series heading into Thursday’s
second Test at Lord’s.

But Siddle told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday that England swing bowler Anderson’s
position on the concept of socialising with the opposition had changed drastically
since the 2013 Ashes in England.

“We were (invited). It’s my fifth Ashes series and it’s the first time
anyone’s ever gone to have a drink after one Test match,” Siddle said.

“It’s a little bit of an interesting story, especially from Jimmy considering
at The Oval when the last time we had a drink he goes ‘I don’t know why we do
this, I can’t stand it’. Interesting comments, but you know what Jimmy’s like.

“I’ve played four Ashes series and we’ve never had a drink after a Test
match until the very last one, I don’t think anything’s going to change here.”

Siddle, who didn’t play at Cardiff, is widely considered to be the front-runner
to replace Mitchell Starc, who took seven wickets in the Welsh capital, if the
left-arm paceman fails to recover from the ankle problem which appeared to be
hampering him during the first Test.

But Siddle said Starc looked close to full fitness during Tuesday’s training

“Starcy got through well today, bowled out in the middle off the long
run, both ends, he’s feeling good,” said Siddle.

“I guess it’s just a waiting game at the moment for myself. Everyone’s
fit at the moment which is nice.”

“I’m feeling good, ready to go, and looking forward to my opportunity.”

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