I feared my career was over - Peter Siddle
Having represented Australia in 56 Tests, Siddle admitted feeling lucky when he was finally picked in the XI for The Oval Test.
While expressing disappointment at not being picked for the earlier Ashes Tests, Siddle revealed that he had been quietly preparing himself to be available if required at any stage.
“You always think (it might have been the last chance) a little bit,” Siddle said to Sky Sports.
“You just never know (what happens next).
“Trent Bridge, I’ve had good success there, played county cricket there as well, so I know the ground.
“It was disappointing, but (I thought) ‘Keep doing everything I can’ and make sure that if my opportunity came that I had to be ready to go. “
Siddle used all his experience and guile to justify his selection in the ongoing Ashes Test match with spells of unwavering consistency.
Apart from claiming the scalps of Adam Lyth twice in the game and Ian Bell in the first innings, Siddle has been extremely economical too with 15 of his 29 overs in the match being maidens.
Siddle reflected with joy on his bowling performances in the match so far and stated that the delay in selecting him hadn’t affected his preparations as a pacer.
“I felt pretty good coming into this game.
“It was just nice to get a few wickets, to get the team on a good roll and get us into this position.
“It’s nice, the boys have played well.
“I was disappointed it did take so long, but I was ready at any stage.”
The 30-year-old’s impressive return to the side gives the selectors plenty of things to think about before choosing the side for Australia’s future Test assignments.
Australia are scheduled to play two Tests in Bangladesh followed by successive home series against New Zealand and West Indies.
With Ryan Harris’ retirement, Siddle may well be the man to provide the needed stability to the bowling attack for the Australians.
Siddle is aware that his strong comeback has strengthened his chances of extending his Test career for Australia.
“You’d hope so, yeah.
“You always want to keep playing for your country.
“It’s obviously tough being on the sidelines and carrying drinks ... especially at my age - it’s only 30 but you still want to be out there.
“It has been tough, but to get this opportunity and come out here and bowl well (has been pleasing).”
Siddle is just five wickets away from achieving the coveted landmark of 200 Test wickets.
© Cricket World 2015