Paceman Siddle hopes for turnaround in Mohali

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Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 16:37 [IST]
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Paceman Siddle hopes for turnaround

Mohali, Mar 9: Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle is hoping that a return to Mohali, where he made his Test debut in 2008, will get him more wickets and spark a turnaround for the team in the four-match series against India.

Currently trailing 0-2 in the series, Australia will face India in the third Test in Mohali at PCA Stadium from March 14. Siddle, who had an impressive debut here five years ago with the scalps of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, says it is nice to get back to the venue.

"It's nice any time you get the opportunity to go back to where you debuted. I've been back (to India) a few times but haven't had the chance to go to Mohali so it's going to be nice to get back in there in the rooms and obviously see the place where I did get my opportunity," Siddle was quoted as saying by "Herald Sun"newspaper on Saturday.

"Hopefully a few more scalps would be nice too," he added.

In his first Test in Baggy Green, Siddle took 4/176 and he admits that it is "hard work" to bowl in Indian conditions.

"It is hard work here. It's always a challenge, you look at India's line-ups over the last few years there are usually only one or two quicks and a lot of spinners so it is hard work.

"That's why we play Test cricket I guess, it's not easy for starters. To come over here in the challenge of these conditions against top-class players, that's what we want to do."

The right-arm paceman is hoping to square the series with wins in Mohali and Delhi (final Test from March 22).

"It would be a massive achievement (to square the series at 2-2). We've let ourselves down in the first two matches. If we could get back to a level series and finish off like that I think it would be a great place to be after where we are at the moment.

"We'll be working hard to do whatever we can. If we level the series, we retain the trophy, and that's what it's all about. The boys are ready to fight for that and hopefully in Mohali we can start on a good note and put the pressure on them," Siddle added.

Siddle has just two wickets in the first two Tests and overall stands at 143 Test scalps.


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