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Peter Siddle to give up his World Cup hopes for concentrating more on Test cricket

Peter Siddle is hoping to make a comeback in Australian Test squad for the tour of UAE in October © Getty Images
Peter Siddle is hoping to make a comeback in Australian Test squad for the tour of UAE in October © Getty Images

Aug 1, 2014

Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle said that he will concentrate more on Test cricket. Siddle even admitted that for playing Test matches for Australia he can give up the hope of playing the ICC Cricket World Cup next year. The Victorian says his decision to focus on Test cricket has probably cost him any chance of continuing his One Day International (ODI) career, but he doesn’t have any regrets.

“It’s always a dream to play in a World Cup, especially at home, but obviously my hopes were probably gone a long time ago. But I knew that was always a chance of happening when I chose to concentrate on Test cricket for back-to-back Ashes [last year]. That paid off and we had a good home series win 5-0 so if I never play a One-Dayer again, the reasons are probably justified.” Siddle said. Siddle played 53 Test matches for Australia. He is currently looking forward to make a comeback in the Australia’s Test side for the October tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Australia will play two match Test series against Pakistan over there.

If Siddle is selected for Australia’s two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE  in October, he will miss the entire One-Day Cup for Victoria. Which means he is unlikely to play any 50-over cricket at all between now at the World Cup in February and March. Which will narrow his chances to get selected in the ODI team. Meanwhile Siddle played 17 ODIs in national colours and his last appearance was way back in November 2010.

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