Peter Siddle is set to play his first one-day international in over eight years after he was named in the Australia XI for the first ODI against India on Saturday, 12 January.
Peter Siddle is desperate to make the most a recall that caught even him by surprise, having used the Big Bash League to catapult into World Cup calculations.
Sidde is poised to face India at the SCG on Saturday, playing his first ODI since 2010.
The 34-year-old doesn’t boast express pace but has earned a reputation as being Adelaide Strikers’ ice-cold finisher with the ball.
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins loom as automatic selections in Australia’s World Cup squad, as they were throughout the four-Test series against India when Siddle was constantly running drinks.
But if Siddle can replicate his impressive BBL form while troubling Virat Kohli’s team during the three-match series then he could easily be joining the star trio on the plane to England.
“With those World Cup spots up for grabs for a lot of people, you definitely see the best come of a lot of blokes,” the Victorian veteran said.
“You are playing against one of the best one-day teams in the world.
“We may not be at full strength, missing a few players we’d probably like to have for the World Cup, but at the same time it’s opportunities.
“I never thought i’d get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again. I’d probably forgotten about it really … I feel like a young kid getting his first opportunity.”
Siddle joined the Strikers in 2017 and it’s proven the obvious catalyst for his ODI call-up.
“If there’s ever a good way to learn fast, how to develop skills, in white-ball cricket then it’s definitely the T20 format,” he said.
“That’s definitely helped my 50-over form … getting the chance to play a full season of Big Bash.”
Variations are all the rage in T20 and ODI cricket but the old-fashioned yorker has proven a potent weapon for Siddle.
“Sometimes people do get caught up a little bit in trying to have too many options,” he said.