• Siddle excited to end eight-year ODI hiatus

    Seamer Peter Siddle is looking forward to a first ODI in eight years, after being recalled for Australia’s series against India.

    Siddle last played the intermediate format of the international game in November 2010, but impressive form for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League has yielded a recall.

    ‘It’s pretty amazing,’ the 64-Test veteran told cricket.com.au.

    ‘I never really thought it’d come. To get another ODI game hadn’t even crossed my mind.

    ‘I had my 34th birthday a few weeks ago and to have not played for a number of years, it’s amazing to potentially get that opportunity again.

    ‘I know I worked hard and tried a lot of things to develop my white-ball game, but that was pretty much on the basis of trying to perform well for Adelaide, not so much thinking the ODI chance would come.

    ‘I’m just as amazed as a young bloke getting his first call-up, that’s what it feels like. It feels like I’m starting all over again, so I’m very thankful.’

    The last time Siddle played ODI cricket, batsman Ricky Ponting was still captain and all-rounder Shane Watson, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, seamer Mitchell Johnson and spinner Nathan Hauritz hadn’t yet retired.

    The relatively inexperienced Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey and Jhye Richardson have also been included in the squad for this month’s three ODIs against India, the first of which will be played in Sydney on Saturday.

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