KEY WICKET: Brad Haddin dives to catch Joe Root for 87 at Adelaide Oval yesterday to complete 200 catches in Test cricket.
KEY WICKET: Brad Haddin dives to catch Joe Root for 87 at Adelaide Oval yesterday to complete 200 catches in Test cricket. SAEED KHANAAP

Siddle has wood on KP to keep hosts on top

AS A 14-year-old, Australian quick Peter Siddle would crash plenty of deliveries into timber.

That was with an axe as a promising, competitive woodchopper.

But there would have been no better sound of the timber he heard rattling yesterday - star English batsman Kevin Pietersen's off stump - for the ninth time in Test cricket from one of his deliveries.

Siddle, who eats up to 20 bananas every day, displayed his renowned energy and enthusiasm yesterday.

He ended the day with 2-21 as Australia's best bowler.

"I just love the challenge - bowling against a player of his (Pietersen's) experience and talent," the 29-year-old said.

"He's been a star player in Test cricket and I just enjoy it.

"I try and keep it patient and bowl in the right areas, and I've been lucky enough to get a few chop-ons that always help."

The man from Traralgon in country Victoria said his side could make early inroads this morning with a swinging ball, as the Australians push for a 2-0 series lead.

"The big factor is going to be the new ball - it's only 10 overs old," Siddle said after yesterday's fourth day at Adelaide Oval.

"So we're going to have a good crack with that early on.

"There was a little bit of swing around this afternoon so hopefully more tomorrow morning and a couple of quick wickets will be nice," he added.



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