Siddle cherishes Test career
Peter Siddle is happy to sit back with his friends in the victorious Australia dressing-room, and leave it to opponents England to ponder how much they do all value Test cricket.
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Graeme Swann has clarified remarks he made after announcing his shock retirement - that he leaves behind some players who, he believes, take their sport and their status for granted.
As the predictable Twitter storm broke around newspaper headlines variously suggesting which players Swann might have had in mind, the man himself was moved to emphasise to his own followers that he was most definitely not speaking - as had been interpreted by many - about players in the current England team.
Australia can rise above any troubles which may beset the tourists, because they have the 2013/14 Ashes in the bag already with an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Siddle, of course, is hoping for victory number four in the Boxing Day Test on his home ground at the MCG.
As for England's latest distraction, he said: "It's their changing rooms, not ours.
"All I can speak for is us. It's every boy's dream in Australia...all I ever wanted to do was get the Baggy Green.
"To achieve that is everything I could have hoped for. There's nothing else I want to do.
"It's something we cherish a lot."
Siddle added his voice to the chorus of approval for Swann's outstanding career - as England's all-time most successful off-spinner.
"I guess it was time for Swanny," he said.
"He felt his time was up, (but) he's had a great career.
"I've enjoyed my time playing against him. He's always been a big challenge."
Swann has been powerless over the past month to stop the Australia juggernaut, though, and Siddle is enjoying the moment - having previously known only failure against England.
"It's taken me four opportunities to finally get a chance to celebrate winning an Ashes series," he said.
"It's a great position to be in. But there are still two Tests to go, so we're concentrating now to make sure we don't let up."
Siddle is a vital component of an Australia attack described by bowling coach Craig McDermott as the best in the world.
The tireless seamer is not about to disagree, but points out Australia's batsmen have provided a perfect platform in each Test so far this winter.
"We're up there," he said. "We're winning Test matches, bowling teams out.
"But it's on the back of the batters...it does make it a lot easier for the bowling unit as well."
Siddle is in no doubt either that, with the Test score standing at 3-3 this year and two out of 10 matches still to play, Australia's winning margin in this series is a much fairer reflection than England's last summer.
"Compare that 3-0 to this 3-0 - totally different," he said.
"We've been ruthless.
"To set the opposition 500 to chase three games in a row - never been done before - shows how switched-on we are.
"We haven't given them anything. That's what's causing (England's) problems - there's not much we can do about playing good cricket, is there?"