Australian pacer Peter Siddle eyes T20I comeback
The 34-year-old veteran has represented Australia in two T20Is only.
Updated - Jan 1, 2019 8:43 pm
Peter Siddle is well known for his exploits with the red ball back when he used to bowl in tandem with Mitchell Johnson. Fondly remembered as the man who took a hat-trick on his birthday, Siddle still dreams of playing in the shorter formats of the game, despite being dubbed as a red ball specialist.
The 34-year-old is currently enjoying a late-career renaissance in his stint with the Adelaide Strikers, in the ongoing BBL. Siddle’s 3-20 in the recently concluded New Year’s Eve match against Sydney Thunder included the wickets of Shane Watson, Joe Root, and Jos Buttler. He was rightly adjudged as the man of the match as his three crucial scalps helped the Strikers to a 20 run win.
“I’d love to get back in the yellow-and-green for Australia in the shorter format,” Siddle said as quoted by Cricket.com.au. “I think I did (always have T20 bowling skills) but I hadn’t played enough to be able to bring them out. Last year, playing a full season gave me an opportunity to train and prepare for it.”
This performance gives Siddle an impressive average of 7.00 and an economy rate of 4.66 in the ongoing season of BBL. In the last season, Siddle took 11 wickets at an average of 20 and an economy rate of 5.94. Last year Siddle acclaimed any hopes of representing Australia in the shorter formats of the game but his recent performances have caught everyone’s eyes and more importantly, it has rekindled his dream of wearing the yellow jersey once again.
The 34-year-old veteran has represented Australia in 64 Tests but only 17 and 2 ODIs and T20Is respectively. Peter is currently travelling with the Test side and with performances like these, he can certainly find his name in the ODI squad that will be taking on the Indians in a few days.