India in Australia 2011-12 January 19, 2012

Keep me on the Test treadmill - Siddle

Should Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur call for a voluntary Adelaide redundancy from one of the four fast bowlers who cut India to pieces at the WACA ground, Peter Siddle will not be raising his hand for a rest.

Despite playing in each of Australia's past eight Tests and showing signs of exhaustion at times during his typically full-blooded spells in Perth, Siddle said the swiftness of the victory had allowed him to freshen up and he had no intention of giving up his place unless compelled to do so by the selectors.

"I wouldn't think so. Any opportunity to play for Australia is a great honour and I definitely don't want to give my spot up to anyone else and let them have the opportunity," Siddle said in Melbourne. "I want to play. But we'll have to see what happens in the future. Whether it's the one-dayers, in the West Indies, that sort of thing. We'll have to the discussions [about a rest] but my thoughts are definitely to play.

"I've pulled up really good. It's always nice to finish up in just over two days. It was quite a surprise that we got it done so early and it was good to get home for a few days. I'm feeling good, the body's great and I'm looking forward to getting over to Adelaide."

A method capable of exploiting uneven bounce, a high level of fitness and a standing as the most experienced member of the attack suggest Siddle will play in Adelaide, with the choice of 12th man more likely to be between Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Starc. Though he is the leading wicket-taker in the series, Hilfenhaus has not fared too well at the Adelaide Oval. Starc's status as the junior pace bowler is balanced by his left-arm variety and his ability to create footmarks for Nathan Lyon's offspin.

Siddle said he was more open to the prospect of being rested from the ODI tri-series that follows the Tests, though both he and Ryan Harris would enjoy the chance to turn out in coloured clothing again after missing all of Australia's engagements in 2011.

"At the moment we've got a few injuries so hopefully I do get my opportunity to get back in there and have a crack, obviously I want to," Siddle said. "But I guess those boys will be coming back at the same time, so there might be a time that they can have a look at a few of us and give us a bit of a rest and get a few different blokes in there."

Among other reasons for Siddle's enthusiasm to keep bowing is simply the fact he has never bowled better than this summer. Since learning to adhere to Craig McDermott's mantra of fuller lengths spiced with the odd bouncer, Siddle has gained swing many did not think he was capable of, while maintaining the aggression that made him popular with Clarke's predecessor Ricky Ponting.

"I think that getting dropped in Sri Lanka hurt and I knew I had to work harder and do a lot more for the team to get the rewards," Siddle said. "Just the consistency that I'm bowling with at the moment and the patience and showing the other boys, helping lead them as well, it's been good fun."

McDermott has not tinkered with too much of Siddle's technique, aside from watching his front arm closely and also suggesting a more splayed-finger grip to accentuate the right seam position for swing. But he has offered plenty of know-how about how to dismiss Test-quality batsmen.

"He played a lot of Test cricket and took a lot of wickets himself and just that knowledge on how to get batsmen out, how to go about it in different conditions, has helped tremendously," Siddle said. "He hasn't done a lot with our actions or the technical side of things - it's all about what you've got is what you've got and to use that. The knowledge is about how to build pressure and how to get certain players out. That help has been a tremendous part of how we've been playing."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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