By Ashish Shukla
Perth: Jan 10, 2012
Australia's pace spearhead Peter Siddle doesn't think he has got a hold on Sachin Tendulkar, in contrary to the claim made by the home team's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
"The times I've bowled to Sachin, I probably have (been fortunate). I'm probably lucky enough I've got him two times in Melbourne. But in Sydney a couple of other blokes got him," Siddle said.
"We're building the pressure and whether it's against Sachin or against Dravid, or any of their batters, if I can build the pressure and it happens from the other end, we're going to get the breakthrough," he said.
Haddin had yesterday claimed that the Australia pacers, especially Siddle, has found a weakness in the armour of Tendulkar, whose quest for a 100th international century will restart in Perth from Friday.
The Victorian fast bowler also doesn't think that the pressure of scoring his 100th international ton is bogging down Tendulkar.
"He is still averaging about 70 or 80 so he's still not doing too bad. It's going to be around the corner and hopefully about in three Tests time when he's not here.
"If we can keep the pressure going, whether we get his wicket straightaway or we keep getting wickets at the other end, the pressure will build on him," Siddle said.
Siddle gave enough hints to suggest that Australia will field an all-pace attack in the third Test against India starting here Friday, with Ryan Harris likely to replace injured James Pattinson.
"Rhino (Harris) is a bit smaller than Patto (Pattinson) but with 145k outswingers he isn't a bad bloke to come in and replace him (Pattinson). He's strong, hard and he likes a good fight out on the ground."
"So I'd say Rhino (Harris) is ready to go. Whether it's him or Mitchell Starc, they?re all ready to go. They're fit and strong. They're feeling good about it.
"We're still a few days away. Whether it's four quicks or we will take in the spinner, either way, we need to just stick to our plans and bowl well and get those wickets," Siddle said.
"If you play four quicks, it's tough work and hard (on the batsmen). You got the quicks coming at your hard and fast non-stop all day which does build a lot of pressure," Siddle added.
Harris has been a part of the Australian squad for quite sometime now, but hasn't played a lot of competitive matches lately.
"He's bowled just as many overs as me in the nets against our batters in a fierce rivalry. He hasn't had the first class cricket but how competitive we do take our net sessions is known to all," Siddle said.
Siddle claimed his 100th Test wicket in Sydney last week but he is far from being satisfied with the achievement.
"It obviously is a big achievement but I don't want to stop there. I want to keep taking wickets whether that's a 110 or 150 or 300, you never know. At the moment it's all about moving forward each game and doing enough to keep winning Test matches for Australia."
In the ongoing series, the 28-year-old fast bowler has taken 11 wickets in two Tests so far at an average of 22.55, and he credits his improved fitness for the impressive show.
"Over the last five or six years, I've been up and down with injury. I had some tough times but I think the disappointment of getting dropped in Sri Lanka did hit a bit of a spot in me and I knew I had to work on a few things," Siddle said.
"Ever since then I've been a bit stronger and bowling well and injury free. Everything I'm doing at training is working."
Although he is being regarded as the leader of the present pack of Australian fast bowlers, Siddle begged to differ.
"If we can stick to our plans then no matter who leads, whether it's me taking the wickets or Hilfy (Ben Hilfenhaus), Rhino, Starcy (Starc) or Patto, just as long as we do it as a unit. That's what is building our success at the moment."
Siddle also said that he didn't find anything wrong with the Indians going for go-karting yesterday, even though the media and a few former Indian cricketers came down hard at the visitors for their cavalier approach.
"You can't expect the blokes to be playing cricket everyday they're over here. They're here for a long series. There's still plenty more days for them to train. It's just something to get away from cricket, get away from the thoughts and spend a bit of good fun together," the Australian said.
"When you go overseas to England for three months, I don't want to be going to training and playing games every moment of the day. It's a good opportunity to get away with your mates and have a bit of fun, especially when the times are down a little bit," Siddle said. (PTI)