Siddle boosting strength and speed in order to regain Test spot

"People say I'm not as strong, well come and watch me in a gym session, I'm stronger than I've ever been"

“People say I’m not as strong, well come and watch me in a gym session, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been”

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Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle has revealed that he is boosting his strength and speed in order to regain his spot on the Test team.

Siddle was dropped during Australia’s successful tour of South Africa since head coach Darren Lehmann wanted him to be bowling at 140kph instead of in the low 130s.

Siddle noted that his training has already paid off since he has increased the strength in his “bum and legs”.

“I definitely lost a couple of Ks [kilometres], that’s for sure, but you can definitely find it back,” Siddle told the Age. “Just with weights and getting strength back in my legs. [When] your bum’s not as strong as it could be your legs are falling away and you can’t get through the crease as well. Without doing the weights and the pre-seasons, you miss out on that. So [now] it’s about getting as strong as you can.”

Siddle will play a very important role for Australia when they head to the United Arab Emirates to face Pakistan in October. This is due to the fact that fellow seamer Ryan Harris has been ruled out of the series after failing to sufficiently recover from knee surgery.

“Footy players play for six months and have six months of pre-season so they’re fit and strong by the time the next one comes around,” Siddle said. “With cricket it drags on and on. It happened with Mitchell Johnson. He had about three years of non-stop cricket and he started to fade away a bit with his pace, and that was only 18 months ago. Now he is bowling the fastest he has ever bowled.

“People say I’m not as strong, well come and watch me in a gym session, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. That is the thing people don’t understand. I’m lifting heavier weights than I’ve ever lifted. I’m moving better, It’s just the fatigue; it gets everyone.

“You could go through 150 different Test cricketers who have slowed down in pace because they’ve played a lot of cricket. Kemar Roach is not bowling as fast as he used to. Is he still eating meat? It’s a ridiculous thing. Look at Stuart Broad and James Anderson, they’re not bowling as quick as they used to bowl.”

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