Siddle expects unchanged XI

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Fast bowler Peter Siddle has suggested Australia will field an unchanged XI for the second Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Fast bowler Peter Siddle has suggested Australia will field an unchanged XI for the second Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

The paceman said he didn't have any input when it came to selection, but added that coach Darren Lehmann had essentially told them to expect the same pace line up in Adelaide.

Siddle said: "He spoke about keeping the same side out there and keeping the same bowlers. He's the one who makes the decision at the end of the day. I don't think there are going to be much (in the way of) changes."

As for the slower pitch at the Oval, Siddle added: "Adelaide is always tough. That's the job of playing Test matches there.

"They usually go to late in the fifth day to get a result. It's always a nice challenge, and a nice ground to play on.

"It's a beautiful place to play. All we are hoping for is a good tough contest."

The bowler was inevitably asked about England batsman Jonathan Trott's replacement, be it Ben Stoke or Gary Ballance, and he said the Aussies weren't remotely worried about the uncapped duo, or about Jonny Bairstow.

He said: "It doesn't matter who plays, whether it's Stokes, Bairstow… We are going to target any of them. We need 10 wickets. There is no individual we want to pinpoint. It doesn't matter who they bring in, we won't be worried."

Connected to this, he said the Aussies hadn't yet decided on their battle plan regarding Trott's departure, in terms of on-field comments and such, saying: "It's a battle out on the field and we'll go about it how we think it will work.

"We'll just keep playing hard cricket. We'll keep putting the pressure on them. We'll keep going from there.

"It's disappointing for him to be going home, I wish him all the best, but we're going out there trying to win Test matches and however we do that we'll play hard, aggressive cricket and hopefully get the win at the end of the day."

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