AUSTRALIA coach Darren Lehmann felt Peter Siddle led by example as the fast bowler tore through England’s top-order and claimed five wickets on the opening day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
The tourists picked a vastly inexperienced bowling attack, which saw James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc get their first tastes of an Ashes series, while 19-year-old Ashton Agar earned his first Baggy Green cap on only his 11th first class appearance.
By contrast, Siddle is one of the most experienced players in the squad having featured in 41 Test matches, and Lehmann was delighted the 28-year-old was able to play such a key role in dismissing England for 215.
“It’s the first day of an Ashes series, that’s pretty big, and the younger guys probably got a bit over excited with the new ball,” he said.
“But Peter stood up when it counted, took a five-for and led the attack as we expected. I’m really pleased for him.”