Peter Siddle suffered a stress fracture during his side's tour to New Zealand in February after which he also underwent an ankle surgery © Getty Images (File Photo)
Peter Siddle suffered a stress fracture during his side’s tour to New Zealand in February after which he also underwent an ankle surgery © Getty Images (File Photo)

Melbourne: Australian pacer Peter Siddle, who spent almost three months treating his back and ankle problems, is confident and committed to regain his spot in the side’s Test XI. The 31-year-old, who retained his contract with Cricket Australia (CA) in April, suffered a stress fracture during his side’s tour to New Zealand in February after which he also underwent an ankle surgery. The injury saw him miss most of the New Zealand tour and also ruled him out of the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, thus casting some doubt over his future in baggy green. Australia to tour Sri Lanka for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is in July-August 2016

Despite injury, Siddle insisted that he is one of the best bowlers in the country and expressed confidence of being picked in the Test squad if he proves his fitness. “I know when I’m fully fit that I’m probably going to be getting picked. When I’m at my best, I know I’m one of the better bowlers in the country and that’s all I can work at,” Siddle was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. Peter Siddle faces lengthy period out of the game due to stress fracture in his back

Piddle, however, admitted that he went a bit careless with his injuries because he did not want to miss any opportunity to play for Australia. “Nothing was showing up [on scans] and so you just keep playing. I knew it wasn’t quite right, but you never want to give up an opportunity to play for Australia,” he added. Peter Siddle could not have won Ashes 2015 on his own!

Australia are to visit Sri Lanka after a long duration of 5 years for a three match Test-series, five ODIs and two T20Is. The test-series commences on 26 July at Kandy. The Kangaroos will start their tour on 11 July. The Australian side surpassed India in Test rankings before the ICC Test Championship table whereas Sri Lankan side fell to No.7, they are having a hard-time rejuvenating after the retirement of legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. A fewer number of Australian players have had a chance to play in Sri Lanka, including spinner Nathan Lyon, opener Usman Khawaja and fast bowler Peter Siddle.