Peter Siddle made his Test debut against India at Mohali in 2008. @ Getty Images
Peter Siddle made his Test debut against India at Mohali in 2008. @ Getty Images

Veteran Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle is determined to bounce back strong and lead by example when Australia face Pakistan in a two-match Test series in the UAE next month. The series will be Australia’s first since the infamous Cape Town ball-tampering incident which resulted in the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Siddle, Australia’s second most capped player in the squad (he has played 62 Tests; offspinner Nathan Lyon has 78 caps), returns to the side after almost two years.

“JL (Australia coach Justin Langer) has spoken a lot about good characters and good people coming into the side,” Siddle told cricket.com.au in Dubai on Tuesday. ”Just from an outside point of view, the side in the last little bit lacked a little bit of leadership. I think having the (tag of) captain or the vice-captain or any of those terms (next to your name), it’s just about being a leader in your own right. Just doing what I do, lead by example, help out the young guys and help out the group. It’s stuff I normally do, but you just want to get the right things done.”

Coming into the side with tons of experience, Siddle, who made his Test debut against India at Mohali in 2008, hopes he can pass on vital tips to the younger members in his team.

“I’ve played in the subcontinent a lot in the past,” said Siddle. “I got to play under some great guys in my first ever Test tour; Haydos (Matthew Hayden), Punter (Ricky Ponting) and Brett Lee – guys like that who played a lot cricket. I’ve taken a lot of knowledge from them and hopefully I can pass on a bit of that to these guys and watch them go forward.”