No more meat for Siddle

  • Last Updated: October 4 2012, 16:56 BST

Paceman Peter Siddle has become a vegetarian in a bid to retain his place in Australia's Test team.

Peter Siddle: Vegetarian and not drinking alcohol

With a host of young quicks rising through the ranks, Siddle has embarked on a fitness drive ahead of South Africa's arrival Down Under next month.

In addition to cutting meat out of his diet, the 27-year-old has also stopped drinking alcohol for the past six months.

Siddle was one of the stars of Australia's 4-0 Test whitewash over India last winter but is determined to improve further with the likes of Patrick Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson pushing their claims.

"Not that I'm getting old or anything, but I definitely don't want to take it easy and just expect things to happen as they have," Siddle, who took four wickets and scored 87 in Victoria's opening Sheffield Shield win over Western Australia this week, told the Herald Sun newspaper.

"I just find that looking after myself has helped my recovery and getting up for the next game.

"It's probably a bit of setting an example for our (Victoria's) younger blokes - but also I want to make sure I'm giving myself every opportunity I can to stay fit and consistent for the Tests if I'm lucky enough to be picked again.

"That's my challenge; to stay as fit as I can and make sure there's nothing more I can do to be consistent.

"I know I'm much fitter and better prepared than when I started (first-class cricket), so I think it's the right thing to do."

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