It’s nine days until the Ashes gets underway, so Too Good Tuesday is reliving one of the great opening-day achievements in an Australia-hosted series – Peter Siddle’s stunning hat-trick on his 26th birthday in 2010.
Lining up for his 18th Test, Siddle did significant damage in the second session by claiming the only two wickets – Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood – in consecutive overs.
But England recovered to be 4/172 at tea, before Siddle went on a rampage. Stoic opener Alistair Cook’s 168-ball innings came to end when he edged Siddle to first slip, then wicketkeeper Matt Prior had his stumps rattled first ball, and Stuart Broad was trapped lbw to send the Gabba crowd into raptures.
It was just the third Ashes hat-trick in the previous century, after Shane Warne (1994) and Darren Gough (1999), and the 38th in Test history.
Siddle claimed the wicket of Graeme Swann four overs later for good measure, finishing with figures of 6/54.
Andrew Strauss (110), Cook (235*) and Jonathan Trott (135*) batted England to a draw in the second innings, however, and despite Siddle’s workhorse efforts with the ball, the tourists powered to a 3-1 series victory.