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PETER Siddle has hit back at English insults of Australia’s Ashes squad by saying their oldest rivals have a century of failure to make up for.
The press conference at Sydney’s historic Mint building was barely minutes old yesterday when the first plummy-toned bouncer was bowled by a BBC envoy asserting it would be the weakest ever Australian Ashes party sent to England.
“These guys will need name tags when they come through Heathrow,” journalist Nick Bryant later quipped in an interview.
Bryant was good-naturedly playing the villain but his sentiments were later picked up by many more in England after they had perused the Aussie squad over marmalade toast and tea.
English cricket writers predicted a “convincing English victory”.
With guest attendee Steve Waugh visibly bristling, Siddle admitted such talk fired his team up.
“They like to have a bit of a chirp about it but when you look back, they’re saying we’re a bit weak now but they’ve been weak for 100 years when we’ve dominated series,” Siddle said.
“They’re the team that’s favourite at the moment and fair enough. They’ve performed well to gain that right, especially at home.
“We’ll go as the underdogs no doubt but we’re going over to win. That’s how Australian cricket plays.”
Derisory tweets posted recently about Australia’s 4-0 loss to India by the likes of former English captain Michael Vaughan and bowler Matthew Hoggard didn’t escape Michael Clarke, either. His claims to not be worried didn’t ring entirely true.
“The hunger in this team is such we don’t need motivation from other people,” Clarke said. “I think every single player in this squad has a lot of hunger. We know how important the series is.”
Siddle says the best way to respond is with a victory early in the series.
“If we go over and win the first two Test matches, everyone will forget about us and it will all be back on them,” Siddle said.