England news April 9, 2014

Siddle 'glad' to see back of Pietersen


Peter Siddle, in England to take up a season-long overseas contract with Nottinghamshire, has admitted he is "pretty glad" England have dropped Kevin Pietersen from their side.

Siddle, the Australia seamer, has claimed Pietersen's wicket 10 times in Test cricket, but he still regards him as "a challenging player" to bowl against.

"Personally, I'm pretty glad he's not playing any more," Siddle said. "I always loved bowling against him. He is a challenging player to play against."

But while Siddle remains respectful of Pietersen's talent, he conceded he had enjoyed success against the batsman by playing to his ego in the most recent Ashes series in Australia.

"I did [play to his ego]," Siddle said. "I just bored him. It is the most boring way I've bowled to any player. I knew where he wanted to score and knew how he would do it, so I tried boring him as much as I could and had a lot of success doing it."

Siddle might logically expect to have seen the last of Pietersen in an England shirt, but he does expect Jonathan Trott to return to the international side. Trott left the Ashes tour after the Brisbane Test suffering from burnout but, Siddle backed the batsman to return before too long.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all if Trott came back," Siddle said. "He's a very good player and he has had a lot of success against us. It has always been hard work. I wish him all the best."

While it has become rare for established Test seamers to appear for long stints in county cricket, Siddle is keen to experience life on the county circuit and has been given no restriction on his workload by Cricket Australia.

"It's great opportunity," he said. "I love the country and, after talking to guys like David Hussey and Simon Katich about their experiences of playing county cricket, I knew it was something I wanted to experience.

"I had a chat with David Saker, the England bowling coach, during last summer's Ashes series and he put in a word for me. I didn't talk to any clubs other than Nottinghamshire.

"The IPL has never been a big thing for me and India, sometimes, isn't a place you want to be. My goal has always been to play as many Tests as I could and I bowl at my best when I play continuous cricket. By playing for Nottinghamshire, I'll stay match fit."

And with another Ashes series to be played in England in 2015, the experience Siddle will gain of English conditions will also do him no harm.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Realist on April 15, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    If India sometimes is not the place you want to be in, then why did Siddle sign up for the IPL auction in 2012. His statements lacks credibility.

    Otherwise I completely agree with him.

  • disco on April 12, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Sid was written off years ago but came back like a man possessed. He is hard working, genial and intelligent and with time on his side he has all the ingredients to add a new facet to his bowling. For sure he will be working out his plans for the next Ashes. The ECB have diminished world cricket considerably by offing KP.

  • raj on April 12, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    @ judedcouto on (April 10, 2014, 16:28 GMT) - Lol, I agree! In saying that, Siddle is better off on the county circuit as far as cricket is concerned. The riches of IPL blinds players from developing their cricketing skills.

  • Justin on April 11, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Take it easy people! Sids didnt say anything bad about KP - in fact he says it as a positive towards him. Basically hes glad he dosent have another high class player to have to get out. Id take that as a compliment. Sids has mostly been a test player - he fits the mould. Hes a work horse of the side, bowling over after over. Best weapon is to bore batsman into false shots. Seeing him bowl in Aus vs a reputable Indian side was great to watch. I suspect he would be slaughtered bowling against sides who are happy to give their wickets away scoring at 8-9 an over. Most bowlers do. I still think England have made a mistake by dropping KP.

  • Paul on April 11, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    "India, sometimes, isn't a place you want to be." Quote of the year!

  • Paul on April 10, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    You've summed it up in a sentence, Ms.Cricket.

  • Richard on April 10, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    2jono on (April 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT) - that was at the MCG. India lost that 4 match series 4-0. Whitewashed. Funnily enough, that was a time when we saw the Indian press report T20 was officially a better game than Tests.

  • Brady on April 10, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    It's a strange world - a player who is in the ICC top ten ranked test bowlers having his place in international cricket scrutinised.

  • Dale on April 10, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @Ms. Cricket Siddle has an Ashes hatrick. He will be long intrenched in cricket history for that alone.

    But I will concede that KP is a better cricketer than Siddle. But no one anywhere is suggesting otherwise.

  • Mike on April 10, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Siddle entered the IPL auction in 2012. Hmmm, I thought it had never interested him? Clearly, he wasn't good enough to get a bid, and now he comes out with this bravado trying to mask that fact.

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