Australia’s bowling attack is the best in the world, says Peter Siddle

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“When we’re bowling at our consistent best like we did throughout this series I think it shows [we are the best]”

Following their 5-0 whitewashing of England in the recent Ashes series, Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has announced that there is no doubt in his mind that the national team’s bowling attack is the best in the world.

Siddle’s comments come at an interesting time as Australia’s next assignment will be a tour of South Africa, who are the number one Test team and are renowned for having the best pace attack in international cricket as of right now.

However, what is for certain is that the battle between Australia’s pace attack of Siddle, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris and South Africa’s pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel will be an extremely intense one.

“When we’re bowling at our consistent best like we did throughout this series I think it shows [we are the best],” Siddle said. “Everyone playing their role, Mitch bowling fast, Ryano and myself doing our role and Nath with the spin from his end. The consistency we’ve had against England over a five Test series, no-one’s ever really done it as successfully as we have, to be able to do that and win so convincingly shows how strong we are at the moment.

“Just the way we’ve worked together at different times and break partnerships, I don’t think we’ve let any partnership get too big on us, and we’re able to break them and get stuck into the rest – that’s what caused all the collapses, so that’s what we’re looking to do over there and if we continue to do that it could be a very good year for us.

“It’s going to be a very tough contest over there, we’re looking forward to it. Conditions are going to be similar to back home which is going to make it easier for us to adapt, but we’re going to have to lift our game a bit more to get over them.”

Siddle was repeatedly asked by an English journalist whether Australia’s bowling attack was the best in the world, and he said: “For the third time, yes. Did you get that? Good, okay, remember.”

Meanwhile, Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers is also looking forward to the tour of South Africa, especially after he scored 463 runs at a fantastic average of 46.30 against England in the recently concluded Ashes series.

“I think if I’d have finished and not played international cricket I’d have been quite disappointed,” he said. “To get this opportunity and play it well, I can finish cricket at some stage and think I’ve done everything, and that’s great to do.

“I still didn’t think people had seen the way I actually bat and I wanted to show that and fortunately I’ve been able to play a couple of good innings. I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to play international cricket and thought I was good enough but never got the opportunity, so it is nice now to get that chance.

“People talk about retirement, but what’s the point of retiring? This is amazing and I haven’t had this opportunity before, so I might as well enjoy it while it lasts.”

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