It seems like a new lease of life has been given to the veteran Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle as the Adelaide Strikers signed him for the seventh season of the Big Bash league. Peter Siddle made his international in 2008 against India. Since then Siddle has played 62 Tests and 17 ODI’s for the Australian side picking up 211 and 15 wickets in respective formats.
He had a decent outing in his first Test as he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar to pick up his first international wicket. He is the 15th Australian to take 200 wickets in Tests. His career has been affected by injuries at regular intervals. He hasn’t been as successful in the limited overs format like he has been in the Tests. He has only played 17 Tests picking up just 15 wickets. He played his last ODI in 2010 against Sri Lanka. His last Test came in November 2016 against South Africa picking up three wickets.
His Big Bash Career also has been cut short due to injuries. He has played seven matches across two seasons, i.e., BBL 04 and BBL 05 for Melbourne Renegades. Siddle missed the whole sixth season due to a back injury. After going through rehabilitation before the beginning of the next season, Siddle is looking forward for the forthcoming season as he sees this as an opportunity to make a comeback to the Australian team.
On signing for the Adelaide Strikers, Siddle said:
“Just getting back out playing, that’s the thing I’ve missed so much, The injury has been tough, but I think that time off might have just given me a new lease of life and some longevity at the back-end of my career. Getting those early games in for Victoria at the start of the season and then getting over into the Big Bash for the Strikers will hopefully propel me up the ranks and get me back into the Australian side.”
The Adelaide team is coached by the former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, and he is thrilled to have Siddle in his team, he said:
“We feel we’ve just got a great coup in Siddle and he adds considerable depth, He’s also a great guy and we’re really looking forward to him playing an important role in the next few years. We’ve got a bowler with experience, not huge in T20 but we feel he’s got the transferable skills and his presence around the team is something that you can’t put a measure on.”
Adelaide Strikers have added more power to their bowling department as they already have Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin who is also the highest wicket taker in the BBL.