'Huge loss': Peter Siddle announces retirement from international cricket

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Australian fast bowling great Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Siddle, the 12th man for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand and part of the Ashes squad earlier in 2019, announced the decision before play commenced on day four.

Speaking on Channel 7 after the news broke, Siddle’s former teammate Simon Katich praised the hardworking fast bowler.

“He’s had a fantastic career, he’s much loved by his teammates,” Katich said.

“They’ll miss him around the group.

“That’s why Justin Langer has had him around this young Australian group over the last couple of years, he’s been fantastic with his energy and what he brings to the group with his experience.”

Siddle expected to hold press conference

Siddle is expected to hold a press conference on Sunday to announce the decision after informing Australian team management of the call.

One of the national side's hardest toilers over the past decade, Siddle made his Test debut in 2008 and his 221 wickets are the 13th most by an Australian.

He remains our last bowler to take a Test hat trick, famously achieving the feat on his birthday during the 2010-11 Ashes at the Gabba.

The Victorian was part of Australia's 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England and often led the Aussie attack in times of great change.

He still played a role in this year's Ashes success, taking seven wickets in three Tests.

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

The 35-year-old harboured ambitions of playing Test cricket again after being overlooked at the start of the summer and was called into Australia's extended squad for the Boxing Day Test.

However he was released back to Big Bash duties after the Aussies opted to go with James Pattinson in their XI and has made the decision to retire shortly after.

The call also ends Siddle's international white-ball career, where he played 20 ODIs and two T20s for Australia.

He will continue to play out the season for Victoria and the Adelaide Strikers.

Social media immediately lit up with tributes to the jovial seamer.