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Peter Siddle

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NamePeter Siddle
BornNovember 25, 1984
Traralgon, Victoria
Age34 years 265 days
TeamsVictoria, Australia A, Australia, Melbourne Stars, Essex, Australians, Melbourne Renegades, Nottinghamshire, Rest of the World XI, Lancashire, Adelaide Strikers, Montreal Tigers
NicknameVicious, Dermie
Bat StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowl StyleRight-arm fast-medium
Batting Statistics
Bowling Statistics
BBI54 / 655 / 324 / 2- / -
BBM104 / 955 / 324 / 2- / -
There are some bowlers who are known more for their never-say-die spirit rather than their skill set. Peter Siddle would fall into that category - a tireless workhorse who was a captain's dream. The Victorian was blessed with a nice flowing bowling action and had the ability to generate disconcerting bounce off the track. His unerring accuracy was what made him a threat to the batsman because Siddle barely gave anything away.

Having made his First-class debut in 2005, it took only a few seasons for Siddle to get the national call up. It came for Australia's tour of India in 2008 and he made an instant impression on the trip. His very first delivery was a snorter that struck Gautam Gambhir on his head and the first Test scalp was the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Siddle continued to be a part of Australia's pace attack although he was mostly the first change bowler in the side.

A bowler who knew his limitations in and out, Siddle was a hard worker who was as gritty as they come. He would never shy away from bowling long spells and often, his unwavering spells would provide a turning point in the game for Australia. In 2010, Siddle had the rare distinction of achieving a Test hat-trick on his birthday. He couldn't quite create the same ripples in ODI cricket and after a brief stint, was overlooked for better limited-overs prospects.

In the 2013-14 season that had two consecutive Ashes series plus a tour of South Africa, Siddle was on song, especially while regaining the urn at home through a ruthless whitewash. He provided to be the ideal third seamer for the fantastic new-ball duo of Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson. Against the Proteas too, Siddle played the able support cast as the Australians capped off their Ashes glory with another valuable series victory. Towards the later part of 2014, Siddle started losing a bit of pace and that affected his selection in the XI with Australia preferring those with better speeds.

However, in the fag end of the 2015 Ashes series in England, Siddle briefly made a comeback to the Test side and then featured in a few games before being left out after the Perth Test defeat to South Africa in November 2016. Australia ended up losing that series eventually and decided to revamp their red-ball squad a touch, which included blooding younger men to support Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. An aging Siddle was overlooked primarily due to his pace and that criteria saw the budding Pat Cummins getting a look-in for the future assignments.

It's fair to say that Siddle's international career is all but over. He is still a reliable bowler who will any day give you the control but the fact is that Australia's thought process these days doesn't require a bowler of his kind. Despite being a fantastic bowler in the longest format, Siddle couldn't find his mojo in white-ball cricket. The predictability of his lines and lengths meant that the batsmen could size him up for the big hits. Siddle didn't possess many variations either to help his cause although he has had a decent time in the BBL. Nevertheless, Siddle was an exemplary servant to Australian cricket over the years, a fearless foot soldier who would give it his all, day in and day out.

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