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Siddle delighted to be back in ODO picture

10th January 2019, 17:41 by Aidan Perkins

Peter Siddle is ready to grasp his unexpected one-day chance with Australia and is after a place in his country's World Cup squad.

The 34-year-old has made Australia's squad for the first ODI against India in Sydney on Saturday and is in line for his first 50-over international appearance since 2010.

Siddle believes his form for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League helped him get back into contention for the ODI side, and he's keen to prove his worth as the World Cup in England and Wales is coming later this year.

"With those World Cup spots up for grabs for a lot of people, you definitely see the best come of a lot of blokes," said Siddle.

"You are playing against one of the best one-day teams in the world. We may not be at full strength, missing a few players we'd probably like to have for the World Cup, but at the same time it's opportunities."

He added: "If there's ever a good way to learn fast, how to develop skills, in white-ball cricket then it's definitely the T20 format. That's definitely helped my 50-over form.

"I never thought I'd get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again. I'd probably forgotten about it really. I feel like a young kid getting his first opportunity."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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