A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Peter Siddle is the ‘heart and soul’ of the Australian pace attack, says Mitchell Starc

Starc has attributed a lot of his early success to Siddle

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has announced that veteran seamer Peter Siddle is the “heart and soul” of the national team’s pace attack and added that he is the person all bowlers look up to, just like all the batsmen in the side admire Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

Starc noted that his much improved bowling display throughout the three-Test series against Sri Lanka was due to Siddle’s words of wisdom and watching him put every ounce of effort he had in every delivery he bowled.

Starc, who has already been called a pace prodigy by many cricket pundits and former players, is already impressing the Australian team management with his consistency and fitness, while so many other young bowlers have succumbed to long-term injuries.

The 22-year-old’s ability to bowl reverse swing has earned him plenty of wickets and has made him an even bigger asset to Australia.

“Sidds was outstanding again in Hobart and was pretty much the heart and soul of the attack,” Starc said. “For me just to follow on from him, I played pretty much a supporting role with Sidds there probably deserving 10 wickets. Not just the bowlers [are lifted by Siddle], the whole team is.

“Having him around the squad he’s full of energy and he’s always giving 100% whether it be in the nets or in the field and that drags the whole squad along. As he’s shown in Adelaide, though unfortunately not getting over the line there, but again in Hobart pretty similar performances where he’s given absolutely everything he’s had. He’s sat down and had nothing left after the game. It was great for him we got that result after what happened in Adelaide.

“When you have guys like Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the squad they bring so much energy and a different feel to the group. I think Sidds is well on the way to being someone like that, who just lifts everyone up. When he’s on bowling you know something most likely is going to happen.”

Since Starc has kept himself fit and is available for selection at all times, he has grown into an excellent pace bowler and his knowledge continues to expand as he receives tips from legends such as Wasim Akram, Jason Gillespie, former Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott and current coach Ali de Winter.

“That consistency is coming,” Starc added. “I’ve got to find that balance between being over aggressive and containing one end. That will come, I’m still learning, I’m only 22.

“I’m taking it all in my stride and learning from each game. That’s something we did from the game in Perth – I went for a few runs there.

“In Hobart we had 450 runs on the board so you can afford to be a bit aggressive there. As you saw I went for a couple of runs but we got the win in the end so we can take some confidence from that and being able to get that result even with a bowler down as well.

“Injuries are unfortunate, they seem to go hand in hand with fast bowling. I’m looking after myself doing all I can to stay on the park and make sure I’m recovering well and playing well. You can’t worry too much about what the other guys are doing. Can’t worry too much about what the others are doing but we’re all preparing the way we can and stay on the park.”

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