Peter Siddle
Peter Siddle (Getty Images)

Perseverance and a dash of luck has propelled Peter Siddle back in Australia’s Test squad. Siddle, who last played a Test in November 2016, was on Tuesday named in a 15-man squad for the upcoming tour of UAE where Australia will face Pakistan in a two-Test series.

Siddle has been recalled, just weeks after he took his 500th first-class wicket while playing for Essex during a county season in which he collected 37 wickets in seven games at 16 apiece.

The 33-year-old pacer made his Test debut against India in 2008 and has since played 62 of them, taking 211 wickets at 29.92.

“My philosophy has always been not to worry too much about what the selectors are doing. For me, it’s just about going out and enjoying my cricket, whether for Victoria or Essex,” Siddle was quoted as saying by AFP on Tuesday. “If I perform well, it obviously gives me a chance to put my name forward.”

Siddle endured a tough Sheffield Field season last summer where in eight matches for Victoria, he took 24 wickets at 39.66. “Last [Australian] summer was hard, I was bowling well but not taking the wickets, so it was nice to get over to England and take the wickets. My good bowling has paid off.”

Injuries to Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have also worked to his advantage and he’s now aiming to milk the opportunity. “You always need a little bit of luck along the way no matter how old you are and it’s my chance now to be around the group again and try to get in the side for that first Test,” he said. “I’ll be doing everything I can in the next few weeks to get there. It’s been a few years and a lot of hard work in between to give myself another chance, and this is the icing on the cake.”