Siddle's Story So Far

It was announced recently that Somerset had signed Australian fast bowler, Peter Siddle.

We thought we would take this opportunity to take a closer look at the career of our new signing.

Born in Traralgon, Victoria in 1984, legend has it that he was a competitive woodchopper in his youth.

His cricketing journey began at Latrobe Cricket Club, and as a teenager he experienced success and caught the eye by setting a new Victorian state record when he claimed 11 for 47 in a state match for Victoria Under 17s against South Australia Under 17s in 2002.

In 2005 he made his First Class debut for Victoria against a touring West Indian side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. His maiden First Class wicket was that of Devon Smith.

After establishing himself in the Victoria side, he became an integral part of the team and his consistently impressive performances saw him rewarded with an international call up. He was named in the Australian Test squad for the tour of India and made his debut in the second Test in Mohali in October 2008.

He made an immediate impact when his very first ball struck Gautam Gambhir on the helmet. Shortly afterwards he claimed the wicket of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. He would also account for Ishant Sharma, M.S. Dhoni and Virender Sehwag during the match.

After cementing his place in the Test side, he was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2009

After a short injury lay off, Peter returned to the Test arena in fine style in the opening match of the 2010-11 Ashes as he celebrated his 26th birthday by becoming the ninth Australian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.

Having already removed Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood earlier in the innings, the Australian removed Alastair Cook and Matt Prior with consecutive balls before trapping Stuart Broad lbw, despite the Englishman’s referring the decision. Peter also claimed the wicket of Graeme Swan to finish with figures of six for 54 from 16 overs.

He continued to lead the Australian attack and claimed an impressive 23 wickets at an average of just 18.65 as Australia’s four-nil series triumph over India in 2011-12.

Peter continued to make headlines by taking career best match figures of nine for 104 in the first Test against Sri Lanka in 2012, before becoming the first number nine to make a 50 in both innings of a Test match when Australia faced India in 2013.

He tasted back-to-back Ashes success in 2013 and 2014 and was the only Australian bowler to play all 10 Test across the two series.

He began to find his opportunities reduced as Australia’s selectors opted to focus on out and out pace over control and consistency, but he returned to the Test spotlight in the fifth Ashes Test of 2015 and claimed six wickets as Australia won at the Oval after the series was lost.

He took his 200th Test wicket against New Zealand in November 2015 but by the end of 2016 it looked as though his international career was all but over.

However, his impressive form for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, for Adelaide Strikers in their successful BBL campaign and for Essex in the English County Championship saw him recalled to the Test squad by Justin Langer in October 2018 ahead of their series with Pakistan in the UAE. This would be followed by three further Tests against England.

Peter officially announced his retirement from international cricket in December 2019.

The 37-year-old is an expert in English conditions, having claimed 146 First Class wickets from 36 matches for Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Essex in previous seasons.

During his illustrious career he has won the Ashes, the BBL and the English County Championship.

Peter has taken over 200 Test wickets including eight five-wicket hauls.

A genuine multi-format bowler, he has claimed a total of 669 First Class wickets at an average of 26.68 with a best of eight for 54.

Peter has also excelled in white-ball cricket, taking 89 T20 wickets at 23.60 with a best of five for 16. In addition, he has 86 List A wickets at an average of 31.51 and a best of four for 27. He was the leading wicket-taker in the recent BBL in Australia.

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