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Big Bash League: Siddle happy to silence the critics

Veteran pace bowler Peter Siddle accepted the criticism that came his way but was delighted to silence the doubters when taking five wickets on Wednesday night.

The Adelaide Strikers are priced at 20/1 to win BBL11 after ending a six-game losing streak against the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday night and Siddle was the man of the moment.

Tough few weeks

Siddle showed he still has was it takes when posting 5-23 during the crushing seven-wicket win and he was delighted to finally find some form after a tough few weeks.

The 37-year-old is the first to admit he has not been bowling well when conceding almost 10 runs an over in recent weeks as the Strikers have slipped to the bottom of the BBL ladder.

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However it all came together against the Canes as he hit the line and length he has been after.

"The older you get, when you have bad performances, you probably cop more criticism than you do when you're younger," Siddle told reporters.

"You get a few more chances when you're younger with inexperience, but when you're experienced and old, you're expected to just be doing it, or you should be retired.

"I've copped plenty of grief over the past couple of weeks - but that's fine.

"For me the execution is what I've been disappointed with, not just wickets and figures. It's knowing I can do better and execute better and bowl better deliveries."

Late finals push

The Strikers have it all to do if they are to make the BBL11 finals but Siddle hopes the win over the Hurricanes can give them the confidence to kick on and give it a go.

"Hopefully, it can be a kick-starter and we can get on a bit of a roll," he added.

"Seeing the boys happy, cheerful and buzzing around after the bowling performance and during the batting performance, that's why I still play the game."


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