‘Going over to Adelaide you never expect a light workload’, says Peter Siddle

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“It’s always going to be hard work”

Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has announced that he doesn’t “expect a light workload” in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, especially after what happened last year.

Siddle bowled an astounding 63.5 overs in last year’s second Test against South Africa, which wore him down to such an extent that he failed to fully recover by the time the third and final Test got underway in Perth just four days later.

However, 12 months later, Siddle is preparing to return to the venue where he suffered a complete break down, both physically and mentally.

“Going over to Adelaide you never expect a light workload,” Siddle said in Melbourne today. “It’s always going to be hard work. Hopefully this year everyone’s fit. We’ve come off a lighter workload as a bowling unit so hopefully everyone gets through and there’s no hiccups at the start of the game [which would mean] a couple of us have to have big outings.

“It’s about how you’re feeling, and I think we’re the biggest judge of that…We judge it in the end, like I did in Perth last year and said I wasn’t up to it. That’s the same thing that will happen around now no doubt. The selectors will pick the best team that’s 100% fit for that Test match…I couldn’t [back up] last time but we’d had a big workload earlier on. This time, it’s obviously been a lot lighter. We’ve just got to play it by ear.”

But, for the first time in its 128-year Test history, a drop-in pitch is set to be used in Adelaide.

Despite pace bowlers having had a lot of success on it in the Sheffield Shield, Siddle knows that playing a five-day Test against one of the top sides in the world is not going to be a walk in the park.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or what game it is over there, whether it’s a one-dayer or a Test match, it’s always tight,” Siddle said. “It is a tough ground to play at; the wicket can get pretty flat to bat on. But sometimes it can get a bit of turn, so the spinner will play a part. We don’t know what’s going to happen with these drop-ins, but hopefully it’s a good cricket wicket all round, the bowlers get a bit out of it and the batters can have a bit of fun out there.

“We all saw Mitch bowl over in India on flatter wickets than we’re probably going to get in Adelaide and the pace and bounce he had on those wickets. We don’t know what’s going to be prepared for us. We’ll get over there, we’ll assess the wicket and see what plans we’ll go with.”

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