Adelaide: Australia`s pace spearhead Peter Siddle is relieved to scalp maiden five-wicket haul against India, saying the hard work he has put in this summer has finally paid off.
Siddle claimed five wickets for the first time in an innings against India during third day of the fourth and final Test here, and termed it as one of his better performances.
"It`s probably one of my better ones I think. All summer my goal`s been patience and consistency and I think I`ve been doing that and going pretty well. But today it was a bit of a relief to get that haul and a reward for a summer that has been pretty good," said Siddle, who took five for 49 in India`s first innings score of 272.
"The pressure we built up again today and the way we bowled together as a unit just shows the patience we`re using. Someone`s lucky enough to get the rewards and at the end of the day it was me.”
"Billy (Craig McDermott, the bowling coach) kept saying to me the haul was around the corner," he said.
"The hard work I`ve put in the last six or seven months, this summer it`s just all come together. I`m not getting too overawed with what I have done earlier in the summer," the speedster added.
Siddle began the day with the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (25), for the third time in this series.
He followed it up with Gautam Gambhir`s wicket and the fast bowler was quick to take a snide at the left-handed Indian opener.
"I guess Gambhir thought I had the luck of the green wickets, but I guess there wasn`t much bounce in this wicket today and it seemed to get him out. So it was a nice little reward on a wicket that`s pretty hard to bowl on," Siddle said.