After Australia's victory in the first Ashes Test, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting expressed praise on fast bowler Peter Siddle, claiming that his bowling style is much similar to bowling legend Glenn McGrath.
Peter Siddle took 2 wickets and scored 44 runs in the Ashes opener, which was held at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Monday. Under the captaincy of Joe Root, England were all out for 146 runs in the chase of of 398 runs on the 5th Day.
"We know McGrath has a great record at Lord's and loved bowling there. He used to seam the ball back down the slope because he wasn't a big swing bowler. The way Sidds (Peter Siddle) is bowling now is actually quite similar to the way McGrath bowled in his last few years," Ponting said.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were overlooked and Siddle was selected in the playing XI for the 1st Ashes Test match. Ponting feels that Siddle may retain his spot for the 2nd Ashes Test if it will be a suitable wicket for the 34-year-old.
"If it looks like it'll be a wicket that offers a bit to Sidds, he'd stay in. If it looks like it'll be a flat and dry one, there might be a case to make a change," he said.
Giving Explaination for Siddle's selection, Langer said, "The way 'Sidds' played in that practice game and the way he's been bowling and the style of cricket we think we need to beat England."
Australia will face England for the second Ashes Test from 14th of August at Lord's.
Australia took a 1-0 lead in the 5-match Test series. Nathan Lyon, with 6wicket for 49 runs, claimed his 15th Test five-wicket haul. Pat Cummins, who became second fastest Australian bowler to claim 100 Test wickets, also scalped 4 wickets. England's 8-match unbeaten streak in Edgbaston (Tests) also came to an end with the defeat.