Scotland were without most of their county players, most notably Kyle Coetzer, that would have really strengthened their side. However, their seamers, Iain Wardlaw, Gordon Goudie and Calum MacLeod (back at last after a long time out of bowling because of an illegal action) worked their way efficiently through the top order, reducing the Aussies to 171 for five, with just Haddin and the bowlers left. What they presumably weren't expecting was for Peter Siddle to add over a hundred with the veteran gloveman. Haddin's dismissal for 113 didn't stop Peter Siddle from moving serenely to his maiden first-class century early on the second day.
Later in the game, he put in a couple of six over spells that were reassuringly quick and hostile, and he claimed one for fourteen and one for eighteen. Scotland were rather powerless, not least against James Pattinson. The next fixture in Ireland will be against an equally youthful team, as Ireland too will be without their county stars
Peter Siddle started the last Ashes with a hat-trick, and has consistently been the best Aussie seamer since.
He is certainly going to be a valuable asset for these back-to-back Ashes if he remains fit, especially on home soil where his record improves fairly markedly.