Aussies will use England tactic on Proteas

2014-02-06 19:17

Australian paceman Peter Siddle says they will not relent in their hostile approach to South African batsmen.

Siddle, who is taking part in his third tour of South Africa, said the same method they used to soften up the English batsmen will work against South Africa’s.

“It can work against anyone and when you’ve got someone like Mitchell Johnson bowling at high speeds, it does not matter who you are playing or how good the batsmen are, it is hard work,” Siddle said.

Michael Clarke, Siddle’s test captain,had made bold proclamations about his attack being the best in the world.

This was something the soft-spoken Siddle shied away from, preferring to focus on how the Australian attack had grown since the failed Ashes campaign in England, where they lost 3-0 before they regained the Ashes via a 5-0 whitewash.

“From what we did in England, we knew what we were capable of. We did bowl well at times, but we did not do it consistently enough.

That was the big difference in Australia, where we were able to exert pressure throughout the test match. They only made one century the whole series,” Siddle said.

On the subject of centuries, middle-order batsman Steven Smith said the series provided the perfect opportunity for their batting unit to make up for their tour miseries.

While Australia’s bowling carried them through the tough India and England tours, their batting failed repeatedly, while Smith sparkled sporadically before finding form at home.

“We’re a little bit more established now with the way we played throughout the summer. The two away series were not our finest moments, but we improved throughout and learnt from what we did wrong,” Smith said.

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