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Monday, 24 September 2018

Siddle's broadside at Aussie team culture


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Recalled fast bowler Peter Siddle has taken a shot at the culture of the Australian team, suggesting the side “lacked a little bit of leadership” in recent times.

The 33-year-old fast bowler is part of the squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, with the Victorian a chance to play his first Test match since November, 2016.

It follows a turbulent period for Australian cricket that has seen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended for their role in the ball-tampering affair, and the shock resignation of coach Darren Lehmann.

With Justin Langer now in charge, much has been made about needing to change the culture surrounding the Australian team.

“JL has spoken a lot about good people and good characters coming into the side,” Siddle said.

“Just from an outside point of view, the side in the last little bit maybe lacked a little bit of leadership.

Siddle, a veteran of 62 Tests and with 211 wickets to his name, provides a wise head in a squad with precious little experience.

“I think without having the captain or vice-captain, or any of those terms, it’s just about being a leader in my own right, just doing what I do, lead by example and just help out the young guys and help out the group.

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle.

“It’s stuff I’d normally do, but you just want to make sure you get the right things done and the team’s preparing well, the whole group is preparing as leaders, and that’s a good sign for this group going forward.”

It’s not the first time Siddle has made headlines for criticising the national team. Twelve months ago he slammed then-captain Steve Smith after Australia suffered an embarrassing loss to Bangladesh, when Smith indicated the decision to pick the less-credentialed Ashton Agar ahead of proven subcontinental match-winner Steve O’Keefe was made with one eye to the future.

“He can think that, but it's probably not something that he should have said out loud,” Siddle said at the time.

“It made it hard and it added extra pressure to the boys.”

The first Test gets underway in Dubai on October 7th.

Recalled fast bowler Peter Siddle has taken a shot at the culture of the Australian team, suggesting the side “lacked a little bit of leadership” in recent times.

The 33-year-old fast bowler is part of the squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, with the Victorian a chance to play his first Test match since November, 2016.

It follows a turbulent period for Australian cricket that has seen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended for their role in the ball-tampering affair, and the shock resignation of coach Darren Lehmann.

With Justin Langer now in charge, much has been made about needing to change the culture surrounding the Australian team.

“JL has spoken a lot about good people and good characters coming into the side,” Siddle said.

“Just from an outside point of view, the side in the last little bit maybe lacked a little bit of leadership.

Siddle, a veteran of 62 Tests and with 211 wickets to his name, provides a wise head in a squad with precious little experience.

“I think without having the captain or vice-captain, or any of those terms, it’s just about being a leader in my own right, just doing what I do, lead by example and just help out the young guys and help out the group.

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle.

“It’s stuff I’d normally do, but you just want to make sure you get the right things done and the team’s preparing well, the whole group is preparing as leaders, and that’s a good sign for this group going forward.”

It’s not the first time Siddle has made headlines for criticising the national team. Twelve months ago he slammed then-captain Steve Smith after Australia suffered an embarrassing loss to Bangladesh, when Smith indicated the decision to pick the less-credentialed Ashton Agar ahead of proven subcontinental match-winner Steve O’Keefe was made with one eye to the future.

“He can think that, but it's probably not something that he should have said out loud,” Siddle said at the time.

“It made it hard and it added extra pressure to the boys.”

The first Test gets underway in Dubai on October 7th.

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