Siddle back in Aussie squad

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, sydney

Sep 12, 2018-

Wily fast bowler Peter Siddle made a surprise return to the Australian Test squad on Tuesday after a near two-year hiatus, and the 33-year-old is determined to make the most of his second chance.

The hard-working stalwart played the last of his 62 Tests in November 2016, and it appeared he had worn the Australian baggy green cap for the last time. But red-hot form in the English summer for county side Essex, and injuries to Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, put him back in the frame again for the two-Test series against Pakistan next month in the United Arab Emirates. “My philosophy has always been not to worry too much about what the selectors are doing. For me, it’s just about going out and enjoying my cricket, whether for Victoria or Essex,” he said.

Siddle was a mainstay of the Australian team for years after making his debut against India in 2008, with his charging run-up, powerful delivery and bounce putting the frighteners up many a batsman. It earned him 211 Test wickets.

With Hazlewood and Cummins not in contention, national selector Trevor Hohns said Siddle’s experience would be an asset in a squad with five debutants.

“Peter is a proven performer in the Test arena, who has been in outstanding form in his recent first-class outings over in England,” he said. “His experience will be crucial for this bowling group, and we know that he is a warrior.”

Published: 12-09-2018 08:27

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