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“I always loved bowling against him”
While many pundits and former players have expressed their anger and frustration towards the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for terminating batsman Kevin Pietersen’s central contract, Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has admitted that he is “pretty glad” the South African-born batsman is not around any more.
Siddle, who has dismissed Pietersen on 10 different occasions in Test cricket, was part of the Australian team that whitewashed England 5-0 in the recent Ashes series.
“Personally, I’m pretty glad he’s not playing any more,” Siddle said. “I always loved bowling against him. He is a challenging player to play against.”
Siddle also revealed that he played to Pietersen’s ego in the recent Ashes series.
“I did [play to his ego],” Siddle said. “I just bored him. It is the most boring way I’ve bowled to any player. I knew where he wanted to score and knew how he would do it, so I tried boring him as much as I could and had a lot of success doing it.”
Siddle also had some kind words for England batsman Jonathan Trott, who flew back home after the first Test with a stress-related illness.
“I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Trott came back,” Siddle said. “He’s a very good player and he has had a lot of success against us. It has always been hard work. I wish him all the best.”
Siddle added that he is excited by the prospect of representing Nottinghamshire for the duration of England’s county season.
“It’s great opportunity,” he said. “I love the country and, after talking to guys like David Hussey and Simon Katich about their experiences of playing county cricket, I knew it was something I wanted to experience.
“I had a chat with David Saker, the England bowling coach, during last summer’s Ashes series and he put in a word for me. I didn’t talk to any clubs other than Nottinghamshire.
“The IPL has never been a big thing for me and India, sometimes, isn’t a place you want to be. My goal has always been to play as many Tests as I could and I bowl at my best when I play continuous cricket. By playing for Nottinghamshire, I’ll stay match fit.”