The men from the Caribbean might have been demolished by a paltry Cricket Australia XI side in the warm up game, but Aussie pacer Peter Siddle is not taking them lightly. Siddle, in a recent interaction said that on their day, the West Indian bowlers had the ability to rip apart any batting lineup.
“They have some strong weapons with their bowling attack,” Siddle said. “They can blast teams out when they bowl well. So I think that’s going to be the big part. We’re going to have to bat well against them I think. That’s going to be their key, their bowling. And then we try and exploit their batting which won’t be quite as strong.”
“I haven’t really taken too much notice of the tour game. The young Aussie side played a bloody good game up in Queensland, did well. You can’t look too much into a tour match there, it’s their first experience of getting on the shores and having a hit out. No doubt they’ll come down here a lot more switched on and a lot more competitive side in the Test-match arena,” Siddle said.
Siddle assessed his own position in the team and said, “I think at this stage, I’m still essentially playing for my place.” “I guess being out of the side for so long and having a couple of games here and there makes you feel like that. At the moment it’s just taking it game by game, which is what I was doing when I wasn’t playing. Just making sure I prepare well and be ready to go and get out on the field and perform well.”
“At the moment that’s all it’s about, just performing well this week in preparation, getting everything right, get the body right and be ready to go on game day. The West Indies are going to be a lot more competitive in the Test-match arena, so it’s about getting through this first game and seeing where we end up after this.”