LONDON - Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle said it was a dream come true to be at Lord's and that he could not wait to play his first Test at the "home of cricket".
Siddle is widely expected to keep his place in the Australia side that drew the Ashes series opener in Cardiff last weekend after some fiery spells on a placid pitch when the ground stages the second of the five-match series starting in London tomorrow.
For some players the history associated with Lord's can be overwhelming while, on a more practical level, the 2,4m slope across the ground can make life tricky for newcomers, be they batsmen or bowlers.
Australia has a long-standing love affair with Lord's, having not lost a Test at the north-west London venue since 1934. And now 24-year-old Victoria quick bowler Siddle hopes he too can join the likes of Australia pace predecessors Bob Massie, who took 16 wickets on his Test debut there in 1972 and Glenn McGrath, who 12 years ago took eight for 38 in making his mark at Lord's.
"The boys are keen to get out and get a feel of this famous ground, because half of us have not played here before," Siddle said.
"You can't really believe what it is like until you see it for yourself. I cannot wait to run out there on the first day."
Australia are again set to be without fast bowler Brett Lee after the veteran missed the drawn series opener in Cardiff. - AFP