Cricket Australian quicks can learn from lacklustre day - Peter Siddle

Australian paceman Peter Siddle said they can learn from their lack of success in the field against Essex on Thursday.

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Peter Siddle said he hopes the Australian quicks learn from their outing against Essex on Thursday, after taking just three wickets in the tour match.

In reply to Australia's 562 all out, Essex frustrated the tourists' bowling attack to reach 299-3 at stumps - powered by a 213-run stand from Tom Westley (144) and England one-day international player Ravi Bopara (86).

Mitchell Starc saved some face for Australia late by knocking over Westley and Jamie Porter in quick succession, but Siddle said adapting to overcast conditions in England was a key factor for the paceman.

"I think a bit of both," Siddle responded, when asked if Australia's output came down to a flat pitch or poor bowling.

"The pitch is a great pitch, we scored 500-odd out there at a fast rate, so that shows what the wicket was like. And they did the same thing.

"So I think take that into account a bit, but there was enough there [for the bowlers] I think, when we bowled consistent there was enough in the air, enough off the deck to give us opportunities and chances but we just couldn't do it."

Josh Hazlewood (0-38), Mitchell Marsh (0-29 off four) and Shane Watson (0-17) all went without success.

Siddle, who bowled opener Jaik Mickleburgh for 29, said for the likes of less-experienced Hazlewood and Marsh, adjusting to English conditions can be tricky.

"The overhead [conditions] comes in, it's a little bit darker and there's a little bit happening off the wicket and in the air, and you haven't got much to play with," the Victorian said.

"It's about learning from that, taking that in, and coming out and doing it better tomorrow."

Siddle said he will not be surprised if the respective curators at the five Ashes Test venues produce similarly batting-friendly wickets.

"Going on what happened last Test series over here, the wickets were pretty similar. India copped pretty similar wickets last time round," Siddle said.

"That's what happens on some of the English wickets, when they do flatten out, they can really flatten out."

Siddle also hailed Australia's depth, as he is likely to sit out the first Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday, with Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris all ahead of him in the pecking order.

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