Australia and Nottinghamshire fast bowler Peter Siddle has revealed that he is "pretty glad" that he will no longer have to bowl to Surrey's Kevin Pietersen on the international stage.
"Personally, I'm pretty glad he's not playing any more," Siddle said. "I always loved bowling against him. He is a challenging player to play against."
Pietersen had been dismissed 10 times by Siddle in test matches before England made the controversial decision to end the 33-year-old's career.
"I did [play to his ego]," Siddle said. "I just bored him. It is the most boring way I've bowled to any player. I knew where he wanted to score and knew how he would do it, so I tried boring him as much as I could and had a lot of success doing it."
However, the Victorian does expect that Jonathan Trott will soon return to the international scene after he left the Ashes tour after one test this year due to what he has called 'burn-out'.
"I wouldn't be surprised at all if Trott came back," Siddle said. "He's a very good player and he has had a lot of success against us. It has always been hard work. I wish him all the best."
Siddle is in England for a spell as Nottinghamshire's overseas pro, and he will be hoping to fire them towards a title challenge as part of a fast-bowling attack which includes Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney.
"It's great opportunity," he said. "I love the country and, after talking to guys like David Hussey and Simon Katich about their experiences of playing county cricket, I knew it was something I wanted to experience.
"I had a chat with David Saker, the England bowling coach, during last summer's Ashes series and he put in a word for me. I didn't talk to any clubs other than Nottinghamshire.
"The IPL has never been a big thing for me and India, sometimes, isn't a place you want to be. My goal has always been to play as many Tests as I could and I bowl at my best when I play continuous cricket. By playing for Nottinghamshire, I'll stay match fit."
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