Peter Siddle's unprecedented wait for ODI

Rob Forsaith
Peter Siddle's BBL form for Adelaide Strikers has earned the veteran paceman an ODI recall

No Australian cricketer has waited longer for a ODI recall than Peter Siddle, who has used the Big Bash League to catapult into World Cup calculations.

The 34-year-old Siddle will face India at the SCG on Saturday, playing his first ODI since 2010.

Siddle's break between 50-over games for Australia is unprecedented, with the previous longest stretch being wicketkeeper Tim Zoehrer (1987-94).

Siddle has a golden chance to ensure his comeback fares better than that of Zoehrer, who played a single ODI in 1994 because of an Ian Healy injury and was ushered into first-class retirement when WA signed Adam Gilchrist.

Siddle doesn't boast express pace but has earned a reputation as being the Adelaide Strikers' ice-cold finisher with the ball.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins loom as automatic selections in Australia's World Cup squad, as they had been throughout the four-Test series against India when Siddle was constantly running drinks.

But if the Victorian can replicate his impressive BBL form while troubling Virat Kohli's team during the three-match series, he could easily join the star trio on the plane to England.

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

"You are playing against one of the best one-day teams in the world.

"We may not be at full strength ... but at the same time, it's opportunities.

"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."

Aaron Finch confirmed that was the case, laughing that Siddle had been acting "like an eight-year-old" at times.

"He's someone who every team loves having around," Finch said.

"He well an truly deserves his spot and, any tour you go on, Sidds is one of the first picked, I would think - for what he brings to the team and the skill set he has."

Siddle joining the Strikers in 2017 has proven the obvious catalyst for his ODI call-up.

"How quickly he improved was unbelievable and he's kept doing that," Finch said.

Siddle suggested T20 was the ideal arena for a fast bowler to hone their one-day craft.

Variations are all the rage in limited-overs cricket but the old-fashioned yorker has been a potent weapon for Siddle.

"Sometimes, people do get caught up a little bit in trying to have too many options," he said.