A simple text message from trainer Justin Langer gave Peter Siddle the incentive to make his way to the Australian Test plans, having been overtaken by a group of younger and faster bowlers.
Siddle is in the frame to play his first test in almost two years after being called to the team for the series against Pakistan in the UAE, with Australia needing bowling replacements for the injured Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Siddle played the last of his 62 Tests against South Africa, in Perth, in 2016, after which he fought against a recurrence of a back injury that kept him out for the rest of that season. The Sheffield Shield campaign 2017-18 brought a disappointing 24 plots at 39.66, but has just completed a productive season with Essex, where its 37 plots at 16.40 have sealed its return.
He had tried to keep thoughts of loose green in the back of his mind, but admitted to being somewhat nervous since he returned from England in the midst of talks that he would be included, before national coach Trevor Hohns confirmed the Good news in a phone call.
"When you've been out of addition, the only reason you're calling is usually good news, so when his name appeared he brought a small smile to my face," Siddle said.
"I did not want to focus too much on the Australian side, only what I could control, so the talks [with Justin Langer] were more about how I was going, we've always been good teammates, I helped with the Australian team going to India, Just with some different bowling plans, he sent out a message that says "Every game counts" and I think that was the best little message that he announced to him, he did not need to ask anymore, he knew what he wanted to say, but listening to him was a good support and here we are ".
Siddle worried about not overtaking himself during his return from injury last season, having learned the lesson of rushing after the initial injury in 2016. He pointed to last year's Big Bash campaign with the winners Adelaide Strikers as the moment when things began to click again when exercise and enjoyment began to combine.
was the last time I came back for that test and I got injured immediately afterwards, so next time I took my time and everything went well, "he said. I concentrated more on what I had to do, in the past, I think I was so focused on going back to the Australian side that I took away my performances in the field.
"After the first half of the year I left, I played in the Big Bash for the Strikers and I started to enjoy cricket a bit more, I had a good tournament and when I came back to Victoria, my performances were much better, so That gave me a lot of confidence, I was right, I played a good cricket and continuous cricket, which I had not done for a long time.The wickets always complete things and I think that's what the English summer has done ".
Siddle's reward, however, is not what many fast bowlers would dream of: the potential of two events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The team when Australia last visited in 2014 – "Younis Khan did a lot of races," recalled Siddle, when Pakistan completed two strong wins, Younis scored 468 in four innings and Misbah-ul-Haq connected what was, in the Time, the Joint-faster Test hundreds of 56 balls. Siddle returned 2 for 217 in both games.
"Patience was a great thing that can be drawn, especially from the point of view of a fast bowler," he said. . "It can be too aggressive at times and not generate wickets, it will be a different approach this time, we have some quality spinners that are playing well, it will be hard work, but I think we have enough information from previous trips"