Siddle - No worries over Lee
Peter Siddle insists Australia's bowling unit are all contributing to the success of the team.
Last Updated: 27/12/08 11:39am
Peter Siddle insists Australia's bowling unit all contributed to the success of the team on day two of the second Test against South Africa.
Paceman Siddle - the youngest payer in the team - claimed figures of three for 24, including the scalps of openers Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie, as the Proteas were reduced to 198 for seven in Melbourne.
Fellow rookie Nathan Hauritz also came to the fore, taking two for 49, as Australia's more experienced bowlers toiled for little reward at The MCG.
The tourists still trailed their hosts by 196 runs at the close and Siddle is unconcerned by the fruitless showing of Brett Lee, who was relieved of the new ball after just four wicketless overs on Saturday.
"He bowled well, he bowled good lines," Siddle said of Lee. "He bowled well to the left-handers with not a lot of success. I suppose days like that are going to happen.
"Brett and I did that in Perth and Mitchell Johnson got the wickets and today we've all bowled well again and the wickets were shared.
"There's going to be plenty of days like that but he's bowling well and bowled good areas. It was good team bowling.
"As for me, I'm still young and still learning so I don't think I'm going to be comfortable for a little while yet.
"I'm just very pleased knowing I can compete at this level and I can bowl consistent lines and lengths and I can work hard and the success will come."
JP Duminy, who led South Africa to victory in Perth, remains 34 not out at the crease meanwhile and coach Mickey Arthur admits a draw could realistically be the best possible outcome for his team.
"If we can get some form of partnership going and add another 70 that will take us to around lunchtime and not only does that get us closer but it takes time out of the game," he said.
"Australia are chasing. We're lucky to be 1-0 up, they're then going to have to come out and maybe be a little bit more positive which will allow some opportunities with the ball.
"But we've got it all to do really. We've got to find a way to get ourselves out of this situation we're in on day two."