As an emotional Australia get ready to play the final cricket Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting Tuesday, medium-pacer Peter Siddle said his team is keen to put up a fine show in memory of late Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to a fatal bouncer on this venue five weeks back.
The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust has also planned to unveil a bronze plaque in memory of Hughes, who died two days after a Sean Abbott delivery hit the back of the helmet in a freak on-field accident. Siddle, who was not picked for the Brisbane and Melbourne games after playing the first Test in Adelaide, said that keeping emotions in check will not be easy.
"I had an opportunity to fly down and play the big bash game couple of weeks ago down in Sydney during the Brisbane Test and I think turning up there was a bit awkward. Little bit daunting at first to walk out on the ground and spend some time out there. It's going to be hard, we all know that," Siddle told reporters.
Having already reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy post the draw at Melbourne and a 2-0 series lead, Siddle said that great camaraderie between the players has made things easy. "I think the lead ups are probably going to be the hardest. The best thing about all this is being able to be together as a team. That's what has kept us strong over the last couple of weeks. Some of our best friends doing it together and if we want to talk about it we can."
"It's going to be the best opportunity for us to be all together and be as one in that match. Once that match starts then we will get stuck in and put up a mighty fine contest for him," he said.