Ever since the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ took place in March this year, it has been a tough time for the Cricket Australia. The ban on the trio David Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft broke the team into shackles. The new member in the office, Justin Langer took the onus on him to repair the ship. Meanwhile, the veteran fast bowler, Peter Siddle wants to make a comeback in the team for the Pakistan Tests.
Recently, Justin Langer quoted the age is not the criteria for the selection as long as the performance flourishes by the player. Taking a cue from it, Peter Siddle wants to make the opportunity count by knocking the selection doors with his performances in the domestic circuit.
A lot of people are waiting with their phones in hand – Peter Siddle
The veteran fast bowler feels there are a lot of spots are waiting in the Australian team to grab. With the senior players are away from the side for the various reasons, the upcoming tour to UAE will see a lot of fresh faces in the team.
Meanwhile, Peter Siddle wants to grab hold of this chance. Further, he quoted he performed well in the domestic arena and had a good bit of chat with the head coach, Justin Langer.
He hopes the outcomes would be positive for him as far as the selection for the upcoming Test series is concerned.
“There is obviously going to be some nervous people – this is the most opportunity in one team being selected that there’s ever been in the last 20 years. There are a lot of spots up for grabs. There’s going to be a lot of people holding phones in their hand waiting for a call,” Peter Siddle told RSN.
“I spoke to ‘JL’ (Langer) a fair bit in the time I was away about my own cricket, and then also about … the Australia A tour and bowling and preparing over in Asia,” Siddle said. I’ve had some good communication with him, whether that transcends into selection, we’ll see. It’s all been positive,” he added.
Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood set to miss –
The injuries will see Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood staying out from the team due to their injury concerns. Meanwhile, Jhye Richardson and Mitchell Starc look the certain starters in the team for the series against Pakistan.
However, for the remaining spots, there are the likes of Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle, Michael Neser and the bunch of young lads are waiting for the call-up.