Ashes 2015: Beer can wait for Australia`s Peter Siddle
Australia paceman Peter Siddle will be happy to have a drink with his England opponents but only when the Ashes series is over and not before.
James Anderson revealed Monday that the Australians had snubbed England captain Alastair Cook`s offer of a drink following the hosts` 169-run win in Cardiff on Saturday that put them 1-0 up in the five-match series heading into Thursday`s second Test at Lord`s.
But Siddle told reporters at Lord`s on Tuesday that England swing bowler Anderson`s position on the concept of socialising with the opposition had changed drastically since the 2013 Ashes in England.
"We were (invited). It`s my fifth Ashes series and it`s the first time anyone`s ever gone to have a drink after one Test match," Siddle said.
"It`s a little bit of an interesting story, especially from Jimmy considering at The Oval when the last time we had a drink he goes `I don`t know why we do this, I can`t stand it`. Interesting comments, but you know what Jimmy`s like.
"I`ve played four Ashes series and we`ve never had a drink after a Test match until the very last one, I don`t think anything`s going to change here."
Siddle, who didn`t play at Cardiff, is widely considered to be the front-runner to replace Mitchell Starc, who took seven wickets in the Welsh capital, if the left-arm paceman fails to recover from the ankle problem which appeared to be hampering him during the first Test.
But Siddle said Starc looked close to full fitness during Tuesday`s training session.
"Starcy got through well today, bowled out in the middle off the long run, both ends, he`s feeling good," said Siddle.
"I guess it`s just a waiting game at the moment for myself. Everyone`s fit at the moment which is nice."
"I`m feeling good, ready to go, and looking forward to my opportunity."