Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle announces retirement from international cricket after a career lasting 11 years and 67 test matches
- Peter Siddle was part of Australia’s 2019 Ashes squad which retained the Ashes
- Siddle played his last test match against England at the Oval in September
- The 35-year-old admitted he was very happy with his decision but ‘a bit sad’
Australian paceman Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket after a career spanning 11 years.
Siddle, 35, took 221 Test wickets at an average of 30.66 apiece, and played his last Test in the fifth and final match of this year’s Ashes series in England.
English fans might remember him most for taking a hat-trick against Andrew Strauss’s side on his birthday at Brisbane‘s Gabba ground in 2010, dismissing Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad.
Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket after 11 years
Siddle made his debut for Australia in 2018 and has played a total of 67 test matches
The Victorian took 80 wickets in 24 Tests against England, with a best of 6-54 on his hat-trick day.
‘It’s always hard to know what the right time is, it was sort of the Ashes – that was the main goal – to try and get on that touring party and be a part of that series,’ Siddle told Australia’s Fox Cricket television before play on Sunday in the Melbourne Test against New Zealand.
‘I can be content, 67 Tests, to think as a young kid that I wouldn’t get a chance, I’m very happy and a bit sad.
Siddle (left) celebrates Australia retaining the Ashes in the summer with Nathan Lyon (right)
‘As a young kid I wasn’t super talented so I had to work hard for it. Just to wear baggy green (cap), walk out with it, represent Australia.
‘Every time I stepped out was amazing.’
Siddle also played 20 one-day internationals, taking 17 wickets.