The Aussie spearhead, Peter siddle who was dropped for the third test match played between South Africa and Australia played during March during this year, because of his lack of pace. Stunned after being dropped from the team the australian quick has been selected for the Pakistan series and he wows that now he is back to his absolute best and he will be out there to prove it against Pakistan in Wednesday’s First Test in Dubai.
The Victorian fast bowler after being dropped from the team had cut down on his running and started adding the calories,and in the process he has gained 5 kg of muscles which will now allow him to regather his pace which had cost him his place in the Australian team. It is expected that Siddle has gained speed and will be bowling at 10 kph faster than at the time when he was dropped.
“I’d trained too hard and that combined with the amount of cricket we were playing and the intensity we play at, it probably did affect me,” said Siddle.He also said that he had felt that he needed to change his training routine a bit, and he is feeling a lot better now. Earlier Siddle just used to eat bananas all day long to keep himself fit and strong, it was in the news that he used to have 16 bananas a day during the Ashes tour down under.
“I am still feeling as fit as I ever have,” said Siddle. “I think that stint in England where I was still playing (county cricket with Nottinghamshire during the Australian winter) has given me a good base and I have a lot of kilometres in the legs to keep ticking over.For Nottinghamshire had played 11 first class matches in a span of 90 days, so the fitness wont be an issue.
Siddle also said that he was unhappy with the decision to drop him ,but he also said that it was perhaps a blessing in disguise.He said,”It’s probably helped me think about a few things I need to work on and change and get right. I think I’m back to where I want to be.” The right arm pacer had bowled 16 overs for his team in the first innings and 7 in the second innings in Australia’s warm up match against Pakistan A in Sharjah.The bowler was up in his pace and was bowling with the same accuracy that he is so known for.
Darren Lehmann also backed Siddle, saying he had been “really impressed with him”.
“Siddle has done a lot of work with our bowling coaches and our strength coaches to make sure he’s getting the power back he needs,” added Lehmann.
Siddle also said that he had drwan inspiration from the fellow fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.