Peter Siddle made sure Australia wins the day-night Test © Getty Images
Peter Siddle made sure Australia wins the day-night Test © Getty Images

Australian pace-man Peter Siddle knows that his place in the playing eleven is not a surety and he is up for a fight to keep his place in the first Test for Australia against the West Indies in Hobart.  Siddle,31, said that his chat with Glenn McGrath helped him gain confidence in himself after the Australian selector adopted a new pace policy. “Essentially I am playing for my place,” Siddle said. “Being out of the side for so long and having a couple of games here and there makes you feel like that. I have to get out there and perform well, get the body right,”added Siddle. Siddle had recently performed well for Australia in the recently concluded day-night Test against New Zealand despite having back spasms throughout the game. Australia will surely need the services of Siddle against West Indies as they would be without star bowler Mitchell Starc out due to ankle injury and  Mitchell Johnson who announced his retirement after Perth Test.  READ: West Indies handed 10-wicket thrashing by Cricket Australia XI in tour game

Siddle did admit that he has to come up with the good against West Indies in the Hobart Test to keep his place. Siddle who took his 200th Test wicket in Adelaide has been consistently been in and out of the playing XI. With Australia’s new policy to play bowlers who can bowl above 140kmph in the XI has made Siddle more nervous. Western Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was picked in the Test squad to play at Hobart against West Indies despite having not played a four-day game since March.

The Australia team has been for a quite a while been obsessed with fast bowling, Siddle did explain that he motivation level remains to be up because, he is in constant touch with McGrath who grabbed 563 Test wickets, who was an 130kmph bowler. Siddle also said that Adelaide man of the match Josh Hazlewood reminded him that speed is not everything. “Look at his performances. He hasn’t got that speed, it’s about skill and going on the conditions,” he said.” Glenn McGrath is probably the perfect example. He’s been our greatest fast bowler and he struggled to touch that (140kph) once in his career. That’s a good example to go by,” explained Siddle. ALSO READ: West Indies has future star hidden in squad for Australia tour: Courtney Walsh

Siddle added “I spoke to him a lot, trying to build my game on him, how he was consistent, his patience and being able to work batsmen over.” Siddle praised his approach of bowling line and length which yielded dividend as he picked up Kane Williamson twice (22, 9) in the match. Peter Siddle became the 15th bowler for Australia to take 200 wickets.

“It was nice getting a bit of a rest getting back (home) – it was nice finishing the Test match early,” he said.  “But the back is good. It has pulled up well,” concluded Siddle when asked about his issues with back spasms.