The first Ashes Test of 2019 between England and Australia has been a brilliant one. Not one team has seemingly had more than a session to their name and either of the teams has made comebacks from situations of dire needs. Australia did it from a position of 122/8 to reach 284 and then England also is doing well to get a lead after losing some late wickets.
Rory Burns launched the England attack with a century that matches Steve Smith’s masterpiece in the first innings and was dismissed on Day three for 133 with 17 fours, as he fell to Nathan Lyon, caught by captain Paine behind the wicket. Things would have been much different, had Peter Siddle not dismissed England captain Joe Root on day two, after he looked set for a big one after making a nice 57.
Nick Compton questions Peter Siddle’s place in Australia team
Former England opener Nick Compton is known for his controversial views on social media in regards to cricket and most of the times, he gets the fans of England’s opponents riled up by saying something or other about a particular player. This time on his target was Peter Siddle, the Australian fast bowler, who has made quite an impact on his Test comeback a few months ago.
The 34-year-old fast bowler missed a year of cricket in 2015, Siddle has made quite a comeback for the Australian team, as he was chosen over Mitchell Starc in the first Test at Edgbaston of Ashes 2019. His experience with English county cricket saw him wear the baggy green for just the third time since 2016.
However, this didn’t sit well with Compton who took a dig at Siddle. Compton played 16 Tests for England, the last of which was in mid-2016, and the opening batsman finished his international career with 775 runs at an average of 28.7 with two centuries. Though it is not a glittering Test career, his FC career is amazing with 12,000 first-class runs at an average of over 40.
He clearly doesn’t think veteran Siddle warrants a place in this Australian team over the likes of Starc and Hazelwood and made his thoughts clear. He tweeted, “Never quite understood how Siddle plays as much as does… always felt like a medium-paced trundler when I faced him. Think the Aussies should have played Starc #ashes”
Never quite understood how Siddle plays as much as does… always felt like a medium paced trundler when I faced him. Think the Aussies should have played Starc #ashes
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 3, 2019
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