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Peter Siddle says Australia's bowlers are best in world as David Warner baits Proteas

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The Ashes celebrations continue

Australia's victorious Ashes squad meet fans at the Sydney Opera House.

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Perhaps it was the hangover talking or a result of the confidence gained from belting England 5-0, or maybe a combination of the two, but Australia are talking a big game before taking on world No.1 South Africa next month.

Basking in the afterglow of an Ashes success as glorious as it was unexpected, Australia have warned the Proteas to brace for a repeat of the sledging that saw tempers threaten to boil over during the Ashes. And they have provided further motivation for South Africa's pace artillery with Peter Siddle the latest in the camp to suggest Australia's attack had knocked them off as the world's best bowling line-up.

The consistency we've had against England here throughout a five-Test series, no one's done it as successful as we have. 

Just two days after Michael Clarke's men settled their differences with the vanquished English over a few quiet beers in the SCG dressing rooms, David Warner started baiting Australia's next opponents. ''On the field you don't cross that line,'' he said.

Fighting talk: Peter Siddle signs autographs at the Opera House on Tuesday. The fast bowler said Australia's pace attack was the best in world cricket.

Fighting talk: Peter Siddle signs autographs at the Opera House on Tuesday. The fast bowler said Australia's pace attack was the best in world cricket. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

''We nudged that line a couple of times but I think we really got into their heads. Especially with Johno [Mitchell Johnson] and the pressure of the other bowlers up the other end to allow Mitchell to come out and fire like that is awesome and we need to do that. We need to do that to the South African guys. We know a couple of their blokes are probably on the back foot. I know our bowlers are ready to go over there and give it to them.''

They are yet to bite across the Indian Ocean but there can be no escaping how bullish Australia have become since rediscovering their aggression. Even the vaunted trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, regarded by many as having been the world's premier pace combination in recent years, have not been spared.

First it was pace bowling coach Craig McDermott, then Clarke earlier this week and now it is Siddle's turn to inform the Proteas of the new world order as seen from Australia.

The gang's all here: The victorious Australian team pose for photos at a gala reception outside the Opera House on Tuesday

The gang's all here: The victorious Australian team pose for photos at a gala reception outside the Opera House on Tuesday Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Siddle views the attack he has been an integral part of for several years as now being the world's best. Whether it was Johnson's express pace, Ryan Harris' skill, Siddle's consistency or Nathan Lyon's spin, England's batsmen could find no answer.

''When we're bowling at our consistent best, like we did through this series, it shows,'' Siddle said. ''The way we've worked together at different stages and being able to break partnerships, I don't think we've let any partnership get too big on us. We've been able to break them and get stuck into the rest. I think that's what's caused all the collapses, that's what we look to do over there.

''The consistency we've had against England here throughout a five-Test series, no one's done it as successful as we have. To be able to do that, win 5-0 quite convincingly, it shows how strong we are at the moment.''

With their Ashes celebrations over, Clarke said Australia would start preparing on Wednesday for the five-game one-day international series against England, which starts on Sunday.

''We found in the UK after losing 3-0 to England, that [one-day series] was our opportunity as a team to try and turn things around,'' he said. ''And we did that and had success there. But we don't want England to have that same success. The one-dayers are crucial for us, then we head to South Africa for an exciting series.''

32 comments so far

  • I'd prefer a quiet confidence going to South Africa than boasting against the no.1 team.

    And I'm still wondering how I missed that their was a big reception for the team today. I would have definitely popped down for a look if I had known. Wondering how I missed it.

    Commenter
    a don
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    January 07, 2014, 10:18PM
    • Pride commeth before the fall. Seeing how cocky our boys have suddenly become considering in the last 12 months we've also been whooped from England to India to Hobart will make any fall from grace in South Africa that bit more bumpy. No wonder the rest of the world rolls their eyes at us!

      Commenter
      Abby
      Date and time
      January 07, 2014, 10:39PM
      • Groan......not endless talking up their game for the next month. It became painfully dull before the latest Ashes series.

        How about cancelling the ODI/T20 rubbish with England and starting a six Test series with the Saffies? Three Tests here in Australia and then to the already programmed series in SA next month.

        Commenter
        Stan
        Date and time
        January 07, 2014, 11:49PM
        • They used to be. Not any more

          Commenter
          NYT
          Date and time
          January 08, 2014, 12:02AM
          • Yes we are good but a little more humility may be required. We are one test series away from being able to boast about being the best. Talking it up his much, whilst I realise there are mind games, sets the team up for a potentially big fall.

            Commenter
            Settle
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            January 08, 2014, 12:29AM
            • Excellent, step into my parlour, said the spider to the fly - talk it up Shackles, the more the better, makes the fall that much sweeter, whoo ha! An Aussie talking a big game, haven't seen that before, wow, absolutely nothing predictable about this pie-tossing from the ramparts - its a long way to Africa boys, those pies will have fallen flat well before their tossers land on these beaches. "You're not in Kansas anymore" and this ain't England - bring it on, we're waiting for ya! Pie anyone?

              Commenter
              Philanderer
              Location
              South Africa
              Date and time
              January 08, 2014, 4:38AM
              • You might want to consider Australia's recent record in South Africa before you decide who the spider and who the fly is.

                Commenter
                Howzat
                Date and time
                January 08, 2014, 12:11PM
              • @Howzat: "You might want to consider Australia's recent record in South Africa..." - by all means, let's do just that. So, last visit by Aus to SA was in 2011 for a criminally short two-match series. SA wins 1st test by 8 wickets, bowling Aus out for a flattering 47 in the 2nd innings (Aus 21/9 at one stage) - nice one boys. Have a look at this scoreboard to refresh your memory: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/carnage-at-the-crease-australias-collapse-ballbyball-20111111-1na9n.html
                Aus then wins closely fought and tight 2nd test by 2 wickets - series result: 1-1. Inconclusive my good man, not enough to trade SA's spider for your fly, but by all means, keep talking yourselves up if that works for you. Should be a great series, hot air and premature back slapping notwithstanding.

                Commenter
                Philanderer
                Location
                South Africa
                Date and time
                January 08, 2014, 6:16PM
            • The biggest passenger in the team has the biggest mouth? Who would have thought that.

              Commenter
              vitas
              Date and time
              January 08, 2014, 6:25AM
              • There weren't any passengers in that team and all contributed to their full potential and skill.

                Commenter
                Concerned
                Date and time
                January 08, 2014, 10:30AM

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