Peter Siddle is the new work-horse in the Australian attack. After shedding the kilos in the off-season, the now Vegan Victorian is getting used to his role as leader of the pace attack.
The paceman had his best Summer of cricket in the 2011/12 series whitewash against India. His 23 wickets at an average of 18.65 saw him move to 7th in the ICC Test Bowler rankings. His control was outstanding throughout the series, which saw him constantly pick up big wickets, including Sachin Tendulkar at regular intervals.
The form reversal was a much needed one for Siddle, who had a below par Ashes campaign the previous year. After taking a hat-trick in the first Test at the Gabba, the quick was virtually unnoticeable in the agonising defeat to England.
Siddle's 2012/13 season was best remembered for his lion-hearted effort in the Adelaide Test against South Africa, where he used up every bit of energy to try and bowl his country to victory.
Siddle has been an important part of the squad for the five years he has played, and has been rewarded with 150 wickets in his 41 appearances.
Known for hitting the deck hard, Siddle has become a much more patient bowler under the captaincy of Michael Clarke, and this has seen his effectiveness soar.
Handy with the bat as well, Siddle has produced a number of good scores for Australia, including two half-centuries during the Fourth Test of the VB Tour of India.
One of the reasons for his return to form has been his decision to focus more on Test cricket rather than the lure of T20 action. This has seen him improve his control, and has also worked wonders for his fitness.
As long as he can maintain his impeccable line and length from last year, Siddle can go a long way in reclaiming Australia’s number one Test ranking.