Stuart Clark Peter Siddle Australia Pakistan 2018-19
Stuart Clark © Getty Images (file photo)

The Australian selectors placed immense faith in Peter Siddle by recalling him for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan, in the UAE, at the age off 33 and not having played a Test since late 2016. The news surprised many, including Siddle’s former Australian teammate Stuart Clark, who told Sky Sports Radio that he “spat his cornflakes” when he got to know of Siddle’s inclusion while reading the morning newspaper.

“I played Test cricket with Peter Siddle, that’s how far back he goes,” said Clark. “I’m not saying he is not a good bowler but they must have done it for experience, to get an old bloke in there with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins not being there.”

Clark and Siddle had played together twice, at Headingley and The Oval in the 2009 Ashes. The latter turned out to be Clark’s final Test.

Clark spoke specifically of Chris Tremain, who has been in terrific form of late: “Chris Tremain is the obvious one. I’ve read we have gone with character over ability and all this stuff. Well, what’s wrong with Tremain’s character? He seems fine to me.”

Tremain had taken 51 wickets at 21.07 in the last Australian summer and 42 at 18.97 in the one prior to that. For Australia A in India this month, his 6 wickets cost 22 runs apiece.

However, Clark is not too keen on Australia abiding by Mitchell Johnson‘s advice of playing three spinners in the Tests. “I would be nervous doing that. For years and years we have tried to beat them with spin, they are too good. If we’ve got the quick bowlers there then try and get in there and have a crack at them,” he said.