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Peter Siddle Retires From International Cricket

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Peter Siddle retires from international cricket
December 28 2019

Siddle last played for Australia in the Ashes this year.

Peter Siddle, Australia's veteran pacer, has announced retirement from international cricket after 11 years in the game. Siddle has played 67 Tests for Australia, returning 221 wickets at 30.66. He last played for Australia in the fifth Test of the Ashes this year in England.

"It's always hard to know what the right time is, it was sort of the Ashes - that was the main goal - to try and get on that touring party and be a part of that series," Siddle told Fox Cricket on Sunday (December 29). "Once I'd ticked that off, I'd been chatting with JL and Painey throughout that series, I could have done it there, but the chance of maybe getting one last crack if it came up in Australia, do it at home would have been nice. But I can be content, 67 Tests, to think as a young kid that I wouldn't get a chance I'm very happy and a bit sad.

"As a young kid I wasn't super talented so I had to work hard for it. Just to wear baggy green, walk out with it, represent Australia. Chatting to three fast bowlers who are playing this Test, I played in all their debuts so to see all them go about it now, that's part of the reason, they are a lot younger than me and you see how good they are. Every time I stepped out was amazing."

Siddle has finished as the 13th highest wicket-taker in Tests for Australia and famously picked a hat-trick on his birthday against England in Brisbane in 2010. He made his debut against India in Mohali in October 2008 and picked up eight five wicket hauls in his Test career, with a best of 6 for 54 against England in the 2010 Ashes Test in Brisbane.

In the following summer, Siddle bagged 23 wickets in the series against India that Australia won 4-0. In 2013-14, Siddle picked up a total of 33 wickets across the back to back Ashes series. He finished with 17 and 16 wickets respectively in the two Ashes, which was the last time he bagged in excess of 10 wickets in a series.

Left out of the team and then having gone though his share of injury problems, Siddle returned to the Australia XI in October 2018 when he featured in the two Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. He was next called up for the 2019 Ashes, which was his last international appearance.

Siddle has also played 20 ODIs for Australia, having made his debut in the 50-over format in February 2009. His last appearance was against India in January 2019, with the Victorian pacer bagging a total of 17 wickets in ODIs. Siddle has also featured in two T20Is for Australia - against New Zealand in February 2009 and Sri Lanka in October 2010 - picking up three wickets with an economy of 7.25.

"Sids has been the heart and soul of the team for a long time," skipper Tim Paine said. "I remember coming up through with him through the academies and even back then he was one of the great team men, something he has continued to this day.

"He has a massive heart and is a fantastic bowler. He'll be very much missed around the group. He's been unbelievably good for our younger fast bowlers over the last 18 months and been a great support for me during that time, as well," Paine added.

"The year after I retired from playing, Matty Hayden and Ricky Ponting were raving about this guy called Peter Siddle. If it came from them, you knew it was right and so it proved throughout his brilliant international career," Justin Langer said, following the news of Siddle's retirement.

"He is an unbelievable bloke and an extremely good cricketer. He is everything of what a team player is. He has given his heart and soul to the Australian team and the game of cricket. We'll always be thankful to him for what he's given to the national team, and for the critical role he played in helping us retain the Ashes in England this year. He's going out when he's still playing well which, in a perfect world, is something every athlete wants to do," Langer said.

Siddle will, however, continue to play domestic cricket, including the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers and for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, while he's also set to play for Essex in the county circuit.
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Re: Peter Siddle Retires From International Cricket

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He's still super fit and bowling as well as he's ever bowled... but his age is always a subject of contention for various pundits

his diet too offends a lot of people
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