Blackcaps v Australian: Pace bowler Peter Siddle retires from international cricket

Peter Siddle.
Peter Siddle. Photo credit: Image: AAP

Peter Siddle's 67-Test career is over with the Australian seamer retiring from international cricket immediately.

Siddle is expected to hold a press conference to publicly announce the decision later on Sunday.

One of the national side's hardest toilers over the past decade, 35-year-old Siddle made his Test debut in 2008 and his 221 wickets are the 13th most by an Australian.

He remains the last Australian bowler to take a Test hat-trick, famously achieving the feat on his birthday during the 2010-11 Ashes at the Gabba.

The Victorian was part of Australia's 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England that summer and often led the Aussie attack in times of great change.

He still played a role in this year's Ashes success in England, taking seven wickets in three Tests.

"The Ashes was the main goal, to try and get on that touring party and be part of that series," Siddle said on Fox Cricket.

"Once I ticked that off, I had been chatting with Painey (captain Tim Paine) and JL (coach Justing Langer) through that series and thought I could have done it (retired) there.

"But the chance of maybe getting one last crack if it came up in Australia to do it at home. But I can be content with 67 Tests."

The 35-year-old had one last call up into Australia's extended squad for the Boxing Day Test, and was training with the team as recently as Christmas Eve.

However he was released back to Big Bash duties after the Aussies opted to go with James Pattinson in their XI and he told Langer of his decision on Boxing Day.

His career covered a period of great change in Australian cricket.

Siddle was a key part of the pace bowling unit as it transitioned out of the shadow of Glenn McGrath to the current force of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.

"I played in all of (Cummins, Pattinson and Starc's) debuts, to see them go about it now (is great)," he said.

"That's part of the reason, they are all a lot younger than me and you see how good they are. I love watching them play."

The call also ends Siddle's international white-ball career, where he played 20 ODIs and two T20s for Australia.

He will continue to play out the season for Victoria and the Adelaide Strikers.

 

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