Siddle’s all set to bore in against Williamson

Peter Siddle
Peter Siddle

It's fair to say Australian paceman Peter Siddle had former England star batsman Kevin Pietersen's measure, dismissing him 10 times in Tests.

A near certainty to be recalled for the pink-ball third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide starting on Friday, Siddle believes he can also have the same dominance over Black Caps stroke-maker Kane Williamson.

The 25-year-old is in stunning form, making 140, 59, 166 and 32 not-out in the series so far.

But Siddle, sitting on 198 Test wickets, believes he has the patience and consistency to dry Williamson's scoring shots all around the ground.

"I've had some good success against him in the past," Siddle said. "I have troubled him, and had some good battles with him.

"I think it's just about being patient; that's one thing he's very good at, and that's one thing we can be slightly better at in our bowling."

Siddle said he was prepared to bowl "boring" if he had to.

"You look at all the class players in world cricket, it's worked hasn't it?" he said.

"It worked against Sachin (Tendulkar), it worked against KP (Pietersen), it works against (Virat) Kohli.

"Going back to the big success we had during the Ashes here in Australia (in 2013-14), that was the big key thing for us - building pressure and getting them out that way."

Meanwhile, Australian opening batsman David Warner re-injured his left thumb, which he fractured in England recently, while attempting to catch a high ball during training yesterday, putting him in doubt for the third Test.


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