Almanac Cricket (Memories): Happy birthday, Peter Siddle!




Think famous Australian fast bowlers and you reel off the likes of Spofforth, Lindwall, Miller, Davidson, McKenzie, Lillee, Thompson and McGrath, to name just a few. Absolute champions!


But there’s another very impressive set of quicks who didn’t quite bask in the full glare of the spotlight but who, nevertheless, were essential ingredients to the teams in which they featured. I’m talking about the likes of Max Walker, that redoubtable back-up to Lillee and Thommo – a star (and a real character) in his own right, dependable, totally likeable, the one you’d be more than happy to have in your team.


Well, today is the 37th birthday of one of those blokes, the evergreen Peter Siddle, who is still successfully plying his trade in the Sheffield Shield for Tasmania. Underrated, a character and a half, dependable, down to earth, a bit different; but one of us!


Australian Test player No. 403, it’s probably fair to say that Siddle’s best single day out in Tests was his 26th birthday back in 20210 in the First Test against England at the Gabba when he took 6/54 including a hat-trick. That Test petered out into a crushingly boring draw but Siddle’s effort was a highlight.


Enjoy the hat-trick again:



Siddle went on to play 67 Tests and took 221 wickets at an average of just over 30 and scored 1164 runs at an average of just under 15, including two 50s. Handy figures indeed.


Happy birthday, Sidds! Thanks for the memories, and good luck with the rest of your successful career.


To see a full statistical analysis of Peter Siddle’s career to date click here.


To read more about Peter Siddle click here.


To read more about November 25 in cricket history click here.



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  1. I love P.Siddle’s post- Test career across the BBL at the Strikers where he’s bowled with great intelligence and also for Tassie in the Shield. He looked done about five years back so this is a great testament to the notion of the surprising but universally well-regarded subsequent act in life and sport.

    I recall a Boxing Day Test from about a decade ago when my eldest yelled from the lounge room, “Dad, Dad! Come quick!” My mind raced. What on earth was happening? I ran in. Alex then announced with the wide-eyed joy of a child trying to impress his dad, “Peter Siddle’s about to bowl.”

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