Disappointed Siddle not throwing in the towel


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But Siddle remained typically upbeat following the win over the Blues as he relayed the message from national selectors.

“They’re going to have a look at Ness, he’s obviously been around the squad. He’s bowled well at the start of the season. I’ve obviously slipped down the pecking order a little bit as they sort of said,” Siddle said.

“It’s always disappointing, isn’t it? But … I just love playing the game.

“My record in my career and even this year’s speaks for itself. I can’t do any more. That’s the good thing personally. The ball is coming out well, I’m taking wickets.

“But like I’ve always said, I’ll keep coming out here trucking for Victoria and doing all my best. That’s all I can do. But I’m enjoying it, that makes it just as fun.”

Siddle said he had not yet ruled a line through his international career but acknowledged his chances of a return were fading.

“You always retain a little bit of hope. It’s probably dwindled in the last week or so,” he said.

“At the end of the day, if that was the be all and end all, as soon as I hung up the phone, I would have just hung it up altogether. But like I said, I love playing with these boys, I love playing with Victoria, as long as I’m still doing well.

“As soon as it gets to the point where I’m not taking wickets and I’m holding up someone else’s spot, or they want to move me on, then so be it. But if I can keep performing and keep standing up for the team, and keep doing the right things, I’ll try to truck in. If it gets me another game for Australia it does, if it doesn’t, 67 Tests and a few white-ball games chucked in there, I’ve had a pretty good career so I’ll be happy no matter what.”

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