Siddle is raring to bowl to the South African batsmen once again
Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has announced that he is ready to take charge and carry the burden of getting lots of wickets during the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa.
Siddle is expected to play in all three Tests, unlike Australia’s young pace trio of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who will be constantly rotated in and out between matches in order to limit their workload and reduce the risk of them picking up any more injuries.
With Sri Lanka set to visit after South Africa for a three-Test series as well, Siddle stated that he would do whatever it takes to get his name on the roster for every single game.
“That’s the plan. You always want to play as many as you can, I’ve been lucky enough that the last two summers I’ve played every Test match. I’m the only one [of the bowlers] who has done that and it’s something I’ll be trying to do again. The preparation that I’ve had here, and leading into this series, is the same as what I’ve done in those years. I think it will leave me in pretty good stead to be fit and strong. As long as the form is still there,” Siddle said.
Siddle has also slimmed down since the last time he played against South Africa in 2009, where one of the local newspapers kept pointing out the fact that he had “man boobs”.
Since the West Indies series in April, Siddle has lost five kilograms thanks to a vegetarian diet and is looking in better shape than he ever has in his international career.
There is definitely pressure on Siddle to lead from the front since he is the most experienced bowler, but after working tirelessly on his fitness and bowling, the pace bowler believes that he will have no problems bowling long spells any more.
“I’ve always been like that, that’s just me in general. I like to have the ball in my hand, I like to do anything I can for the captain and for the team. If that situation comes up and I have to bowl those long spells, I do. There’s a lot of young blokes around the squad, some haven’t played a lot of cricket. They’re developing as well and you can tell the improvements from last summer to now, Starc, Pattinson and Cummins, just the way that they’re getting through games and pulling up, they’re improving. If I have to bowl long overs then I will,” Siddle added.
Siddle noted that he would love to be included in all the Test matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka since it will give him the opportunity to test out his newfound fitness and bowl at some of the cricketing world’s greatest batsmen.
“It’s hard to put a cap on how many Tests I’ll be available for. Six would be really nice, but I’m not sure which way they’re going to go. It’s going to be determined on workloads and how much we bowl in the first couple of Tests, who’s up and firing. It’s just part of sport. The competition in the nets is extremely high. I can’t wait to get up there on Tuesday and bowl against everyone in the nets. It’s almost competition within your own team. That’s what brings out the best in your team as well, having that competition vying for spots,” Siddle said.