PETER SIDDLE: THE SERIES WITH PAKISTAN WILL BE VERY CRUCIAL FOR US AND WILL DEFINE NEW CHALLENGES.

The Australian fast bowler Siddle on the upcoming home series against Pakistan from December 15 have termed it as a mighty challenge for the Aussie team, as we are all aware of the fact that Pakistan is currently holding the flag at the top in the ICC test rankings after the series against England.

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Peter Siddle is aware of the fact that they can improvise their skills and upgrade the records in a place where only 4 test matches being won by them.

 

"I think people probably didn't think that much about Pakistan coming out here this summer, but you look at their performances in England on wickets, not quite the same as here, but similar, and they've played well," Siddle told cricket.com.au's The Unplayable Podcast.

"So with South Africa for three Tests, and Pakistan for three Tests, it's a big summer for us and one where we have to play some good cricket to get back that number one mantle."

 

With regards to the Pace bowlers that Pakistan has produced so far there is no doubt that its one among the best, with quality names of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan, the Australian pacer admits that the bowlers are in good form and they are ready to take over any conditions given to them. He also added praising the Pakistan team for their consistency over the last year or two.

 

"They've got some star players but they've been a lot more consistent with the sides they're putting out there – they're not chopping and changing and I think that's where they've missed out in the past," he said.

"At the moment it looks like they've got a pretty settled group of 13, 14 players that they go with. With a couple of injuries to bowlers, they've had bowlers come in and perform well, so that's exciting for them.

"I think their squad will be suited to Australian conditions, probably more so than in the past. They've got explosive players who can take the game away from you, and they've got a good assortment of quicks at the moment. They've actually got some fast bowlers that will be able to make it work on the wickets out here, and put us under a bit of pressure, so that's a big challenge for us."

 

And this is not the the end of the thoughts of Siddle he is also very much aware of their leg spinner Yasir Shah and the tough middle order batsmen. By this he concluded saying,

"They've got a class spinner, Yasir Shah, he's unbelievable," he noted. "He's got a great record and he's approaching 100 wickets at the quickest rate. The great Shane Warne has worked with him a little bit and has talked up how good he is. Then you've got the old heads, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, just to hold that middle-order together."

 

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