Siddle doesn't take career for granted

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Peter Siddle has insisted he does not take his career for granted, as Australia prepare for the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Peter Siddle has insisted he does not take his career for granted, as Australia prepare for the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

England spinner Graeme Swann quit international first-class cricket last week, inadvertently suggesting some team-mates don't appreciated their position in world cricket during a frank retirement speech.

Siddle, however, acknowledged plenty of appreciation among the home side, who have responded to a three-nil drubbing in the United Kingdom earlier this year with a resounding series win in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth this month.

"It's their changing rooms, not ours. All I can speak for is us. It's every boy's dream in Australia…all I ever wanted to do was get the Baggy Green. To achieve that is everything I could have hoped for. There's nothing else I want to do. It's something we cherish a lot," said Siddle.

While left-armer Monty Pansesar is expected to replace Swann in the XI for the fixture at the MCG, the uncapped Scott Borthwick and inexperienced James Tredewell were added to the squad on Monday.

"I guess it was time for Swann. He felt his time was up, but he has had a great career. I've enjoyed my time playing against him. He has always been a big challenge," added Siddle.

Siddle and fellow right-armer Ryan Harris have climbed to sixth and fifth position respectively in the International Cricket Council's rankings for Test bowlers. Left-armer Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, is enjoying a superb stretch of form.

Captain Michael Clarke, middle-order batsman Steven Smith, all-rounder Shane Watson, the left-handed David Warner and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin, meanwhile, have each scored at least one century this series.

"We're up there. We're winning Test matches, bowling teams out. But it's on the back of the batters, it does make it a lot easier for the bowling unit as well. We've been ruthless. We haven't given them anything. That's what's causing England's problems," concluded Siddle.

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