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Siddle calls time on international career

Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket effective immediately.


Siddle featured in 67 Test matches for Australia producing 221 wickets at an average of 30.66.


The 35-year-old said he was very happy but a bit sad.


"The Ashes was the main goal to get on that tour and be part of that series," Siddle said.


"I'd been chatting to [Tim Paine] and [Justin Langer] through that series, and I could have [retired] after that. But the chance of maybe getting to play again at home, it would have been nice, but I can be content."


The Victorian's greatest moment an Ashes hat-trick on his 26th birthday at the Gabba.


Captain Tim Paine paid tribute to who he described as the heart and soul of the team for a long time.


"He has a massive heart and is a fantastic bowler. He'll be very much missed around the group. He's been unbelievably good for our younger fast bowlers over the last 18 months and been a great support for me during that time, as well." Paine said.


IMAGE: AAP



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