Originally Posted by Sylvester
Siddle is a younger version of Harris, he's capable of picking up wickets on any deck at any time. Has his devastating spells like Johnson but you would have more confidence in him keeping it tight. Consistency is the key, if he goes well in the next 3 test series then he'll be a lock in for a long time.
He has the potential for sure. I've noted the similarities to the way Harris bowls before. BUT - only when he pitches it up. IF he can maintain that full length and good line he bowled in Colombo, Brisbane and mostly in Melbourne then I have no problem with him in the side at all, but as his critics have been saying for around two years, he's just too inconsistent. Someone mentioned he had a 6/fer and a 4/fer in his three test innings in 2011. I would counter that with his failure to take a single top order wicket in Zimbabwe, and failure to take any wickets at all in the warm up game in SL. These efforts cost him his spot in the first place, so coming in and having one good innings shouldn't necessarily be the end of it.
He seems to get the red mist and delude himself that he has to be digging it in short and attacking the body. Then he is utter tripe. Any half decent batsman just picks him off. Whilst we have Harris in the side Siddle should be working on his consistency for Victoria (and I will concede he did have a very solid Shield season last year). As good as Harris is adding Siddle brings a little too much sameness to the attack for my liking. If Harris is out then yeah call Pete straight in as a like for like replacement. But I think he should bide his time a little as Harris' understudy and prove his consistency a bit more before coming into the side full time. Bowling full and straight I enjoy his work, bowling short I just want to throw stuff at the TV.