Rahul Dravid’s wicket off no ball fired up Siddle

Sydney: Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle has said he became a little more fired-up than usual after bowling Rahul Dravid off a no-ball and having the wicket disallowed during this first Test against India at Melbourne.

The Victorian’s extra efforts helped him get through Sachin Tendulkar’s defences, dismissing him for 73 just 11 runs later in India’s first innings.

Siddle also claimed Tendulkar’s wicket in second innings, caught at gully for 32.

“It’s just the emotion out on the field. It’s something that just happens,” Siddle, who boosted his career tally to 97 wickets at an average of 30.78 in 28 Tests, said today.

“I had the disappointment of the no-ball which caused me to get a bit fired-up and get into it. It has never spilled over too far. We know how far we can go. It’s nothing silly. It’s a good Test battle out on the field,” he said.

Siddle admitted that being in and out of the side had been tough. “With the disappointment of missing the first two Tests in Sri Lanka (in August-September), I knew I had to change a few things,” he said.

Bureau Report

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