Veteran Australian bowler Peter Siddle announces international retirement

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The 35-year-old Peter Siddle announced his retirement from international cricket during the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand on Sunday.

Veteran pace bowler who was not selected in the side to face the Kiwis in the second Test decided to quit his 11-year international career.

Siddle played 67 Tests, picking 221 wickets and one of the only 17 Australian to take 200 wickets for the Kangaroos. His National head coach Justin Langer praised his efforts and thanked for giving his “heart and soul” to the side.

“Just being able to play, to walk out, wear the baggy green, I had watched guys like Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, guys like that wear it, represent Australia,” Siddle said.

“Every time I stepped out was amazing, I don’t think I could pick one special one. At the end of the day, to play one is amazing, to end up playing what I did is truly special,” he added.

Highlights of his career were claiming his first Test wicket of priceless Sachin Tendulkar, an ashes hat-trick on his birthday at the iconic Gabba in the first Test in 2010. His late comeback in the Australian side at the Ashes played recently in 2019 in England after two years of hard struggle at the English county.

Siddle’s white-ball cricket was not so much impressive as he only played twenty ODIs and Two T20s. He will continue to play domestic cricket for Victoria in Sheffield Shield and Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

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