Ashes 2013: Peter Siddle stood up when it counted, says Darren Lehmann

Peter Siddle bagged five wickets on Day One of the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 11, 2013

New Australia coach Darren Lehmann said his side were “here to play” after an “even-stevens” start to the Ashes series against England at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground on Wednesday.

Australia, after losing the toss, dismissed England for just 215 with fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle taking five for 50.

But the grey skies aiding swing and seam bowling were still there when Australia batted and at stumps they were 75 for four, a deficit of 140 runs, after England seamers James Anderson and Steven Finn had taken two wickets each.

That took some of the shine off the day for Australia, who will resume the first Investec Test Thursday with Steven Smith 38 not out and Phil Hughes seven not out.

“It’s pretty even stevens isn’t it,” Lehmann, appointed just 16 days before this series started following the sacking of South African Mickey Arthur, told reporters after stumps.

“Tomorrow (Thursday) is going to be a pretty big day – most of them are in an Ashes series,” he added with Australia looking to regain the urn after two straight campaign losses to England.

“We’re very pleased to bowl them out for 215 and it probably should have been cheaper. But we’re here to play, no doubt about it.

Australia’s new-ball duo of James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, both making their Ashes debuts, were wayward to begin with but first change Siddle – who on the corresponding opening day of the 2010/11 Ashes series took six for 54 in Brisbane, including a hat-trick on his birthday, showed the newcomers the way.

“It’s the first day of an Ashes series, that’s pretty big and the younger guys probably got a bit over excited with the new ball,” said Lehmann.

“But Peter stood up when it counted, took a five-for and led the attack as we expected.

“I’m really pleased for him.”