We`ve strangled India: Siddle

Adelaide: Australian pacer Peter Siddle feels his team`s bowlers have "strangled" India in the ongoing Test series and being the spearhead, he would not loosen the grip by sitting out of the fourth and final Test even though its result is inconsequential to the final scoreline.

"The biggest thing so far in the series is the pressure we have been building against them. We have strangled them and I`d like to be part of doing that again," Siddle said.

"Any opportunity to play for Australia is a great honour and I definitely don`t want to give my spot up to anyone else and let them have the opportunity," added the pacer who has 17 wickets at an average of 19.58 from the series.

The third Test of the series, which Australia leads 3-0, got over in less than three days at Perth and Siddle said it was surprising that the game wrapped up so early.

"I`ve pulled up really good. It`s always nice to finish up in just over two days. It was quite a surprise that we got it done so early and it was good to get home for a few days.”

"I`m feeling good, the body`s great and I`m looking forward to getting over to Adelaide," he said.

Siddle is the only Australian fast bowler, who has played in all eight Tests this season, and despite the rotation policy of the selectors, isn`t interested in giving over his place to somebody else.

"We`ll have to see what happens in the future – whether it`s the one-dayers, in the West Indies, that sort of thing. We`ll have the discussions, but my thoughts are definitely to play," he said.

Siddle presently has 108 wickets in his 30 Tests at an average of 29.75.


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