Peter Siddle announces retirement from international cricket:
Siddle played 67 Tests in his career and made his first Test appearance against India in 2008. He claimed 221 wickets with an average of 30.66. Peter Siddle only played 20 ODIs and 2 T20Is in his 11 years of career and took 17 ODI and 3 T20I wickets for Australia. He played his last Test against England at The Oval in September 2019.
The bowler is famously known for his hat-trick on his birthday against England in 2010. Siddle finished as the 13th highest wicket-taker of Australia in Tests.
Peter Siddle speaks about his retirement from international cricket:
Siddle said that he intends to live the remainder of his life to the fullest.
“There’s many different reasons that helped me have a bit more longevity. Definitely my lifestyle changes have helped, they’ve played a big part, and who knows. But I definitely count them as a big part of why I’m still playing now. It’s not about how long you can play your career, but after that I’m going to have a long life retired and not play cricket. So I want to make sure I’m healthy then, want to live my life and live it to the fullest,” Peter Siddle said.
Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine said about Siddle that he had been the ‘heart and soul’ of the team for a long time. Paine said about Siddle that: “He has a massive heart and is a fantastic bowler. He’ll be very much missed around the group. He’s been unbelievably good for our younger fast bowlers over the last 18 months and been a great support for me during that time, as well.”
Although Peter Siddle has retired from international cricket, he will still be available for domestic and franchise cricket.