Aussie cricketers love their football - and Chelsea!

Australia's cricket team were at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to see Chelsea's win over Hull City.

Fast bowler Peter Siddle admits he's a big fan of Blues star Frank Lampard.

"It is Lampard, I have always liked watching him play," Siddle said. "David Luiz is a nice player to watch too, and John Terry, but I like Lampard - just the way he plays and attacks."

It is an appropriate preference given our midfielder was a talented schoolboy batsman until football alone had to take centre stage in his life. He maintains a keen interest in cricket.

"I think that tends to happen with a lot of elite sportsmen, you ask them what they did when they were juniors and they tended to be pretty multi-talented," notes Siddle.

"I started playing soccer when I was about 11 years old and I played for four years and I always had a lot of mates who were highly involved. In the end cricket won out and I can't complain, I guess it has paid off for the best, but I still enjoy having a kick-around in the park."

The Aussies' spinner Nathan Lyons was another who played football as a kid and he too was at Sunday's game, as was their leading wicket-taker in this Ashes series, Ryan Harris.

"I love my football, I follow it very closely," Harris told chelseafc.com.

"In Australia we get a lot of games live every weekend and most are on in a good hour of the night and we are able to stay up and watch them. There is lots of support over there, the pubs are packed out at night watching and 90,000 turned out each time to watch Premier League sides play in Melbourne in the summer.

"One of the lucky things we are able to do is come to places like Stamford Bridge and experience the atmosphere, and obviously this is a big day with Mourinho coming back."

 
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