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Peter Siddle banks on reverse swing in Bangladesh

Peter Siddle banks on reverse swing in Bangladesh tour
Peter Siddle is hopeful of effectively using the reverse swing during his team's tour of Bangladesh which kicks-off in October.
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Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle is hopeful of effectively using reverse swing during his team's tour of Bangladesh which kicks off in October.

The Australian selectors on Monday announced a 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh which included the uncapped duo of Cameron Bancroft and Andrew Fekete.

Having featured in just four Tests since March 2014, Siddle produced a match-winning performance in the fifth and final Test of the recently concluded Ashes series at The Oval, claiming a six-wicket haul in the game.

The 30-year-old, who is just two wickets short of becoming the 15th Australian to reach the 200-wicket landmark, stressed the importance of building pressure on the batsmen.

Despite not having played in Bangladesh before, Siddle is confident he can exploit conditions, which he believes will be quite similar to Adelaide.

“A big part of my game, especially in Australian conditions, has been reverse swing,” said Siddle.

“That does benefit me a lot over there, and what I normally do is what I’ll do over there; be patient, build pressure and bowl in the right areas.

“It doesn’t matter what conditions you’re bowling in, those same traits work anywhere.

“And I think my experience, not in Bangladesh, but in those conditions, will help, and the performances I’ve had on similar-type wickets here in Australia, especially in Adelaide.

"I’ve got a good record over in Adelaide in Shield and Test cricket - I think that will play a part as well.”

Australia have recalled left-arm spinner Steven O' Keefe to partner Nathan Lyon in the squad along with the all-round spin option of Glenn Maxwell.

With conditions expected to aid the spinners, Siddle believes Australia are likely to go with a combination of two spinners, two fast bowlers and an all-rounder.

Mitchell Starc is likely to lead the attack, leaving Siddle to compete with Patrick Cummins and the uncapped Fekete for a place in the playing XI.

“You’d assume two quicks, two spinners is the likely side over there, with the all-rounder in the middle.

“So there’s going to be some hot spots there, for those two spots between the four of us.”

In eight matches played in sub-continental conditions, Siddle accounted for 19 wickets at an average of 41.52.

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