Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gabba Doo for Dabba Siddle; Australian Paceman Has Already Written 29th Birthday Wish List

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gabba Doo for Dabba Siddle; Australian Paceman Has Already Written 29th Birthday Wish List

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Byline: RICHARD HARVEY

AUSTRALIAN paceman Peter Siddle holds a unique Test record, something to which no other bowler in the history of the game can lay claim - he has taken a hat-trick on his birthday.

What made it the perfect present was that he did it in an Ashes Test, and at the venue of next week's series opener, the Gabba, when the English last toured here in 2010-11.

The Victorian's three victims on his 26th birthday will also be in the firing line this time around - England captain Alastair Cook, wicketkeeper Matt Prior, providing he recovers from a calf strain, and the man who is public enemy No.1 as far as Aussie fans are concerned, Stuart Broad.

Cook snicked one to Shane Watson at first slip, Prior was beaten for pace and bowled by a straight one, before Broad was caught plumb in front and adjudged lbw.

It was the first Ashes hat-trick since Shane Warne's at the MCG 16 years earlier, and it helped Siddle record his career-best Test figures of 6-54.

Despite the stunning performance, the game ended in a draw.

The paceman is keen to make up for that and celebrate his 29th birthday by helping his side make a winning start in its quest to stop England from taking out an historic fourth consecutive series.

"It's not a good record to have and certainly not something to look back on when you're retired," the 46-Test representative said.

"We know the last series was close, but it was still 3-0 to them. So there is a lot to turn around."

Siddle has 167 Test wickets at an average of 29.11 and is the equal seventh-best Test bowler in the world, and the leading Aussie, according to ICC rankings. …

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