Peter Siddle on Sunday decided to call time on his international career. His retirement came after representing Australia across 67 Tests with current head coach Justin Langer saying the veteran had given his ‘heart and soul’ to the side.
The 35-year-old was included in the squad for the second MCG Test to face New Zealand but wasn’t selected in the playing XI.
"Just being able to play, to walk out, wear the baggy green – I'd watched guys like Punter (Ricky Ponting), Steve Waugh, guys like that wear it, represent Australia," he said in a statement.
"Every time I stepped out was amazing, I don't think I could pick one special one.
"At the end of the day, to play one is amazing, to end up playing what I did is truly special.”
Siddle, known for his workhorse like approach, played an instrumental role in helping Australia retain the urn in England this summer.
"The year after I retired from playing, Matty Hayden and Ricky Ponting were raving about this guy called Peter Siddle," Langer said of Siddle.
"If it came from them, you knew it was right and so it proved throughout his brilliant international career.
"He is an unbelievable bloke and an extremely good cricketer. He is the everything of what a team player is. He has given his heart and soul to the Australian team and the game of cricket."
Siddle, in his 67 Tests, took 221 wickets which included eight five-wicket hauls.
He is the 13th highest Test wicket-taker among Australian bowlers and is widely remembered for claiming a hat-trick on his birthday against England in Brisbane in 2010.
He also featured in 20 ODIs and two T20Is.
Siddle will continue to play first-class cricket for Victoria and Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.