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Siddle: Early wickets vital

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:51PM AEST | by Stu Warren, Sportal

Australian paceman Peter Siddle believes the first session on Day 3 of the second Vodafone Test will be vital in determining who goes on to win after a topsy-turvy first two days in Hobart.

Australian paceman Peter Siddle believes the first session on Day 3 of the second Vodafone Test will be vital in determining who goes on to win after a topsy-turvy first two days in Hobart.

A total of 23 wickets have fallen to stumps on Day 2, 12 of those in the first sessions alone, and the home side will be looking to make early inroads into the Black Caps' batting on Sunday morning.

Siddle (36) top-scored for Australia in their disappointing first innings total of 136, combining for a vital 56-run stand with fellow Victorian James Pattinson, and believes the home side is still in the contest despite trailing by 153 runs with the Kiwis moving to 3-139 at stumps.

"I think it's pretty even," he said of the game.

"The sun came out this afternoon and did dry up the wicket a lot. The odd ball does keep low, but other than that the wicket is playing well now."

"It's going to be a big session tomorrow morning. We've got to come out strong and work hard to get a couple of early wickets and get them on the back foot and push on from there."

Scoring became easier as the second day progressed, warmer weather, clearing skies and a freshening breeze conspiring to dry and tame an otherwise unpredictable batting strip.

"Even on the first morning it was quite similar," Siddle said.

"When the sun does come out and gets some heat on that wicket and dries it out it does quicken up a bit and seem easier to score."

With three days to play and the best batting conditions still to come, Siddle believes the Australians will be in a position to win if they can limit the Kiwi scoring on Day 3.

"With our batting line-up and the way the wicket played this afternoon, we could chase anything," he said.

"It's just about getting the job done first with the ball."

"It's a matter of going out there tomorrow morning, bowling in good partnerships again, hit our lengths, get a couple of wickets and hopefully obviously skittle them for as little as possible."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 10 December, 2011 10:25PM AEST

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