Siddle gets the better of KP again


Australia paceman Peter Siddle admits he is enjoying being Kevin Pietersen's nemesis in the Ashes series.

Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle is looking forward to resuming an intriguing duel with England Kevin Pietersen during the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway in Melbourne on 26 December.

Pietersen has endured a difficult stretch of form during the five-match series, which the hosts lead three-nil on the back of big wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Siddle, meanwhile, has accounted for the right-hander's dismissal three times this month.

"Pietersen has obviously inflicted a lot of pain on us over the years, so to see the back of him is always nice," said Siddle.

"To be the one to get him, it does bring a lot of joy to myself personally, but also the team.

"It just comes down to the challenge – you want to challenge yourself against the best players in the world and he's one of those.

"I rise to the challenge and try to build as much pressure on him as I can. I'm lucky enough to get him, but it could be anyone in the side."

The Aussies were beaten three-nil in the United Kingdom earlier this year, but have enjoyed a swift tunaround on the back a fine all-round performance.

While opener David Warner has led the charge with two centuries and as many half-tons, left-armer Mitchell Johnson has accrued 23 wickets and right-armer Siddle 11.

"It has been a long time coming for a fair few of us. To have played in three and lost, obviously there was a lot riding on this series," added Siddle.

"Growing up, I never really saw an Australian side lose an Ashes series. So to be a part of a few myself had been disappointing and it was unfinished business."