Siddle back in ODI ranks after good form in BBL

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No Aus­tralian crick­eter has waited longer for an ODI re­call than Peter Siddle, who has used the Big Bash League to cat­a­pult into World Cup cal­cu­la­tions.

The 34-year-old Siddle will face In­dia at the SCG to­day, play­ing his first ODI since 2010.

Siddle’s break be­tween 50-over games for Aus­tralia is un­prece­dented, with the pre­vi­ous long­est stretch be­ing wick­et­keeper Tim Zoehrer (1987-94).

Siddle has a golden chance to en­sure his come­back fares bet­ter than that of Zoehrer, who played a sin­gle ODI in 1994 be­cause of an Ian Healy in­jury and was ush­ered into first-class re­tire­ment when WA signed Adam Gilchrist.

Siddle doesn’t boast ex­press pace but has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as the Ade­laide Strik­ers’ ice-cold fin­isher with the ball.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood and Pat Cum­mins loom as au­to­matic se­lec­tions in Aus­tralia’s World Cup squad, as they had been through­out the four-Test se­ries against In­dia when Siddle was con­stantly run­ning drinks.

But if the Vic­to­rian can repli­cate his im­pres­sive BBL form while trou­bling Vi­rat Kohli’s team dur­ing the three-match se­ries, he could eas­ily join the star trio on the plane to Eng­land.

“With those World Cup spots up for grabs for a lot of peo­ple, you def­i­nitely see the best come of a lot of blokes,” the vet­eran said.

“You are play­ing against one of the best one-day teams in the world. We may not be at full strength . . . but at the same time, it’s op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I never thought I’d get the op­por­tu­nity to play one-day cricket for Aus­tralia again.

“I’d prob­a­bly for­got­ten about it re­ally . . . I feel like a young kid get­ting his first op­por­tu­nity.”

Aaron Finch con­firmed that was the case, laugh­ing that Siddle had been act­ing “like an eight-yearold” at times.

“He’s some­one who ev­ery team loves hav­ing around,” Finch said.

“He well and truly de­serves his spot and, any tour you go on, Sidds is one of the first picked, I would think — for what he brings to the team and the skill set he has.”

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Tom Mitchell

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