New Delhi: The Test series against India has been a struggle for Peter Siddle, with just two wickets to show in two defeats, but the Australian fast bowler says that he enjoys the challenge of bowling in unhelpful conditions. "I don't think you go out there thinking 'it's going to be a long day' or 'it's going to be hot out there, it's going to be hard work'," the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by the Australian media. "It's going to be a challenge and that's what is fun about it. It's always hard work but you know it's going to be tough and you know you have to try different tricks to get the results over here and I think that's the challenge."
According to Siddle, fast bowlers need to go the extra mile and put in a lot of thinking while bowling in India but termed the whole process enjoyable. "It's probably a bit more mental over here. You have to do a bit more thinking about where you want to set fields and work with the captain on where you want to place fields, the areas you want to bowl to certain batsmen. It does take a little bit more thinking to go about it. It's good, it's fun, it's enjoyable. It is hard work but that's India," he said.
When asked about the conservative field settings employed by Michael Clarke, such as a vacant slip cordon to fast bowlers during the first two Tests, Siddle defended his captain. "You do miss that a little bit but you've got to play the conditions. You look back to '04 and that's the way they went about it," he said. "They didn't go out there and try to nick off the top order, they knew they had to work hard and try to restrict boundaries and build pressure. We've got to make sure that one loose ball is every four or five overs, not every over. We know there's a lot of work to be done. But it does come down to the basics."
Siddle, who was hailed as the spearhead of the Australian pace attack before the tour started, admitted that it would be a "massive achievement" if Australia manage to level the series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after going down 0-2. "We've let ourselves down in the first two matches. If we could get back to a level series and finish off like that I think it would be a great place to be after where we are at the moment. We'll be working hard to do whatever we can. If we level the series, we retain the trophy, and that's what it's all about. The boys are ready to fight for that and hopefully starting Mohali we can start on a good note and put the pressure on them straight away and go from there."
The second Test starts in Mohali next Thursday. The final match is in Delhi from March 22-26.