Consistency builds pressure: Siddle
Melbourne, Dec 29: Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle picked six wickets in the first Test at the MCG, including the key wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in both innings, besides contributing a useful 41 runs in the first innings. The fired-up bowler discussed his performance at the end of the game on Day 4.
On claiming Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket in both innings
It’s always a joy to get the wicket and to get Sachin in both innings [was special]. It’s exciting and hopefully a good [sign] for things to come in the series.
On whether there was a plan in place to dismiss Tendulkar
It’s just the same as [for] anyone. You bowl in the good areas long enough and get pressure on, you get the wicket. [You need to] stick to your game, bowl a patient line consistently and obviously it’s working for us.
On the bowlers bowling in tandem and the wickets being shared amongst the fast bowlers
Yes, it has been [like that in the] last five Test matches; we have been consistent. […] I think that’s a good confidence [-boost] for the bowlers. I think the consistency with which we are bowling is building the pressure and that’s what’s strewing the wickets around.
On whether the win erases memories of Hobart where Australian were beaten by New Zealand
Yes, it does clean things up a little bit. It does give us a chance. [The] happiness and excitement is back in the team. We were disappointed about Hobart but a lot of things were done right down there. [Some of the problem areas are] resolved now. We are moving forward and I think it’s good momentum to start the season this way.
On word going round that the Sydney wicket will have a bit of grass on it
The last couple of years it’s been a good cricket wicket. There’s been a bit of grass for the bowlers early on and it’s a batters [strip]; it’s a bit similar to this wicket. The Sydney wicket will play the same. In the past we have seen a very similar cricket wicket out there.