Siddle showed his mattle in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes 2015 © Getty Images
Siddle showed his mattle in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes 2015 © Getty Images

Glenn McGrath has opined that Peter Siddle should have made it to the playing XI in the fourth Test of the Ashes 2015 at Trent Bridge. After warming benches for four Tests, Siddle finally got his chance in the fifth and final Test of the series and proved his mettle by taking the wickets of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell. McGrath praised Siddle for his ability to control his line and length over prolonged period and stated that Siddle’s experience in English conditions could have come in handy. ALSO READ: Glenn McGrath backs Josh Hazlewood to come good after poor Ashes 2015 series

“Peter Siddle has been a quality bowler for Australia for a long time. You can’t take anything away from ‘Sidds’. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and probably he should have played the fourth Test at Trent Bridge but I can see why they stuck with the same bowling attack,” said McGrath. READ: Peter Siddle deserves a chance in fifth Ashes 2015 Test

McGrath supported the call to pick Siddle but said Cummins could have been a good option too. “Siddle brings more experience and control. Perhaps the selectors were worried about Pat Cummins getting through the Test given how little first-class cricket he’s played lately. I think he probably would have – he’s young and fit and has been working pretty hard,” McGrath said in that regard.