The Aussie pacer Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket. He was a formidable force in the Australian pace attack that was responsible for the humiliation that the England team suffered in the 2013-14 Ashes series. England was whitewashed in the series and Siddle was one of the top bowlers for the Australian team during that series.
Siddle has played 67 Tests for Australia. He started his Test career in 2008 and was a very successful bowler for the Aussies during his career. He has taken 221 wickets in his 11-year-old Test career. This is no mere feat and he stands as the 13th most Australian wicket-taker in Aussie Test history.
Peter Siddle had informed his teammates about his decision to quit international cricket before the 4th day of the 2nd Test against New Zealand. His retirement announcement on Sunday was on expected lines.
Siddle is 35 years old now and has an average of 30.06 from the 67 Tests. He is the last bowler for Australia to take a Test match hat-trick. It came during the 2011-12 Ashes Test match against England at the Gabba in Brisbane. The main attraction was that he was able to get a hat-trick of wickets on his birthday. There is no doubt that this feat will remain etched in his memory for a long time.
The Victorian bowler put his heart and soul whenever he hit the field for his team. He is considered to be one of the hardest toilers in the past decade and his achievements in Test cricket show how dedicated and passionate he was about his game.
Siddle made his Test debut for Australia against India in 2008. His final Test match was against England and it was the 5th Test at the Oval in September and this match was part of the drawn Ashes series this year. He played an important role in this year’s Ashes series in England and picked up 7 wickets in three Tests he played of the 5 match Ashes series.
Justin Langer, the Australian coach, said that Siddle is an unbelievable person and a fighter. He is a very good cricketer and served the nation well. He is a team player and he always puts his best foot forward for the sake of the team.
Langer said that the team will always be grateful to him for all that he has done for the national team. He has played a very important role in helping Australia retain the Ashes trophy in England this year. He also said that Sidle was playing well quite recently and was in good bowling form. It is not a bad idea to bid goodbye to the sport when a person is in good form.
The current Australian Test team captain Tim Paine said that Siddle was a team man and would do anything in his stride for the team. He is a top fast bowler and a great-hearted man. Paine says that he will be sorely missed in the dressing room. He was a guiding force the current crop of young fast bowlers in the side. He shared his experience and various ideas of fast bowling to the youngsters over the past 18 months.
Paine said that it was a bit sad to see him leave international cricket, but felt it was the right time for him to go. He has had a very successful Test career and he has plenty to offer still in the domestic circuit.
Siddle had ambitions of playing Test cricket for Australia again and he was left out of the squad at the start of the summer. He got a spot in the extended squad for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand. This call was short-lived. He was released to play in the Big Bash League after the Australian team management preferred James Pattison over Siddle in the playing XI.
Siddle knew that the selectors and the team are now looking for young blood to carry the pace attack of the team on their shoulders. He was quick in deciding on quitting from international cricket after this. The call also ended his short career in the ODIs and the T20s for Australia. He has played only two T20s and 20 ODIS in his career for Australia.