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Despite being exempted from the Test squad, Peter Siddle refuses to give up

Despite being exempted from the Test squad, Peter Siddle refuses to give up

Peter Siddle finds himself having fallen in the Australian pecking order after the fast bowler was dropped for the Test series against Pakistan in order to make room for Michael Near. The veteran pacer, who was a part of three of the five-match Ashes Test series hasn’t seen any action in Test cricket at home in over three years and has probably come to terms with the fact that he could potentially be nearing the twilight of his international career which has seen 67 Tests and 20 ODIs.

“You always retain a little bit of hope (but) it’s probably dwindled a little bit in the last week or so,” Peter Siddle said after Victoria’s six-run win over New South Wales in the Marsh One-Day Cup on Sunday (November 17). “They’re going to have a look at Ness, he’s obviously been around the squad. He’s bowled well at the start of the season. I’ve obviously slipped down the pecking order a little bit as they sort of said. If that was the be-all and end-all, as soon as I hung up the phone (to selection chief Trevor Hohns) I would have hung it up altogether,” said Siddle, who now has not just Neser to displace, but the quartet of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson if he is to make a return.

“I love playing for Victoria. As long as I’m still doing well – as soon as it gets to the point when I’m not taking wickets and holding up someone’s spot or they want to move me on, then so be it. If I can keep performing and keep standing up for the team and do all the right things, I’ll keep trying to truck in. If it gets me another game for Australia (I’ll be happy)… if it doesn’t, 67 Tests and a few white-ball games, I’ve had a pretty good career. I’ll be happy no matter what. As I’ve spoken about over the last couple of years, I just love playing the game, I’m enjoying it and if I just stay on the park and keep working hard, that’s all I can do,” said Peter Siddle.

“My record throughout my career and even this year speak for itself. I can’t do anymore. That’s the good thing personally, the ball is coming out well and I’m taking wickets.”

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