Siddle turns vegetarian to 'increase hunger' for Proteas wickets

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 10:00 hrs

Peter Siddle has given up meat to increase his hunger for South African batsmen in next month's Gabba Test.

The Proteas return to the Gabba for the first time in 49 years with fearsome pacer Dale Steyn heading their bowling department, and world cricket's most feared all-rounder, Jacques Kallis.

Siddle, who has fond memories of the Brisbane ground, warned Australia would deliver some fireworks of their own in the November 9-14 showdown, the first of three Tests between the first and third ranked countries in world cricket.

He said: "It's obviously our home turf and we (bowlers) want to show them who's boss in that sense," declared a leaner Siddle, who has turned vegetarian to help lose weight to accommodate a slightly modified bowling action.

"It's the force we (bowlers) can have when blokes come in and out of the side. Mitch Starc came in, Patrick Cummins earlier on, James Pattison along with Ryan Harris, Hily (Hilfenhaus) and myself.

"If we can get firing again this summer and really give it to them we can really push to be that No.1 bowling attack in the world."

Siddle, who has reportedly given up alcohol for six months, said things could get "very aggressive" between the bowlers, The Herald Sun reports.

"The last two series' against South Africa it has got pretty fired up. The bowlers do tend to go at each other pretty fiercely and I don't that that will change. We like to have a crack at them and they like to have a crack," he said.

Siddle and swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus are likely to lead Australia's bowling with support from James Pattison, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. (ANI)

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