Joy for birthday boy Siddle
Victorian celebrates 26th birthday in style at the Gabba
Peter Siddle saluted an "amazing" birthday as he took a hat-trick at the Gabba to put Australia in control at the end of the opening day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
The Victorian turned 26 on Thursday and celebrated in some style as he became the 11th Australian to take a Test match hat-trick and only the fourth to do it in an Ashes series.
Having had Alastair Cook caught in the slips for 67, Siddle then bowled Matt Prior with a fast straight delivery before trapping Stuart Broad leg before to leave England struggling on 197-7.
Ian Bell did his best to lift England to a competitive total with a classy 76, but the tourists were eventually dismissed for 260 with Siddle boasting figures of 6-54.
The delighted paceman told Sky Sports afterwards: "It's obviously good to wake up to your birthday in the morning and obviously to have that happen has been amazing, and hopefully the start of a good Ashes for us.
"The plan was pretty similar all day, to pitch it up, make them play, be patient and consistent with those lines.
"I got Cook and Prior with two balls like that and I think the third was a bit of adrenaline from the crowd, I bowled it fast.
"It didn't really come off as the ball I wanted but I got him so there's nothing more I could ask for."
Siddle conceded he was a touch concerned his big moment could have been ruined when Broad referred his hat-trick wicket upstairs.
"A little bit," he admitted. "I knew it was most likely in line so I was happy with it."
Siddle's stunning display resulted in Sky Bet shortening Australia's odds on winning the first Test to 4/11 with England drifting to 4/1 (from 15/8).
The online betting firm are also offering 12/1 for another hat-trick in the series.
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