London, Aug 21(ANI): Australian paceman Peter Siddle has backed Australian selectors for their decision to play four quicks and use part-time spinners in the series decider at The Oval.
The Oval pitch turned low and slow on the opening day of the Test match, and Australian selectors were being asked if they should have opted for an off-spinner -Nathan Hauritz- in the team.
"I don't think it's deteriorating, still a good wicket. Still a nice wicket to bowl on. It's going to stay pretty solid and will be a pretty good batting wicket over the next two or three days," The Fox Sports quoted Siddle, as saying.
"I don't think spin will be a massive part of it. When all four quicks stuck together and bowled in partnership, we had success," he added.
Australia used part-time spinner Marcus North, who extracted some sharp turn and bounce from the pitch in the 14 overs that he bowled during the first day.
Meanwhile, England batsman Ian Bell expressed surprise at Hauritz not being picked fot the Test match.
"I guess when you look at it where we are now after day one, hindsight's a great thing," Bell said.
"When you look at it now, a little bit surprised. Again Australia beat us in two and a bit days at Headingley and that is pretty tough on someone not to get picked after such a good win," he added. (ANI)