Siddle nominates `run-machine` Cook as chief target in Gabba Test

ANI| Updated: Nov 19, 2013, 12:27 PM IST

Sydney: Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has nominated England captain Alastair Cook as his side`s chief target in Thursday`s first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Cook made a highest score of just 61 in an unconvincing home Ashes series in the summer, and if not for Ian Bell, Australia largely had the measure of England`s top order.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, although Cook has opted for an added training session at the Gabba on Monday, Siddle however, said that cutting off the beast at its head was the way to end England`s Ashes dynasty, adding that he believes they have always targeted Cook.

Stating that Cook is the opener and the captain all rolled into one, Siddle also said that the England player is the one that Australian bowlers want to put pressure on, adding that stopping `run-machine` Cook is the real key for Australia in the winter series.

The report mentioned that Australia`s fast bowling arsenal will fancy themselves against left-hander Michael Carberry , who played his solitary Test way back in 2010, given that he has been in outstanding form of late, although Siddle seems comfortable that Australia`s bowling plans will take care of Carberry.