Siddle believes patience is the key to success in India
Despite being 2-0 down in the ongoing four-Test series and having numerous internal problems, Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle believes that the national team’s quick bowlers will continue to be the key against India.
While India’s pitches are mostly known for being a spinner’s paradise, Siddle feels that the Australian seamers need to make use of the reverse swing they get off the pitches and trouble the Indian batsmen, almost all of whom have looked rock solid against a rather feeble Australian bowling attack.
With numerous changes expected for the third Test in Mohali, Siddle still remains unconcerned and stated that Australia still stood a chance of winning no matter what line-up they ended up going with.
“The best way of attacking India is with whatever your best line-up is,” Siddle said. “The way we’ve won Test matches for years now has been with our pace and I think that is going to play a big role. But Nathan [Lyon] is going to play a big role at the other end, and his game is going to flourish even more with the pressure we build at our end.
“Combined, we’ll do well and definitely be able to take 20 wickets. We’re strong, we’ve got a good set of quicks going over and we’ve got good back-up for Nathan over there with spin.”
Out of the entire squad, Siddle is just one of four players to have played Test cricket in India before, with the other three being pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, batsman Shane Watson and captain Michael Clarke.
In fact, Siddle made his debut in Mohali in 2008 and it was during that Test against India that he established himself as a tireless warrior who would continue to put every ounce of effort behind every delivery.
Reflecting on his experience of having played in India, the seamer believes that the key to bowling in the subcontinent is to simply have patience and keep drawing the batsmen into playing strokes.
“Trying to bowl as straight and be as patient as we can be [is important],” Siddle said. “We were lucky enough that after the Sydney Test Glenn McGrath spent a bit of time in the rooms with us and we got a good chat with him, sat back and listened to how he went about his business over there.
“It’s always been the case, even for a spinner – still patience. Indian wickets are hard work, the games go a little bit slower because the wickets are hard to score on. It is about patience, bowling to your fields and setting the right fields with your captain. Our side is disciplined enough now to go about it in that way. That won’t change this series.”