Siddle tells how girlfriend's 'vegan diet' turned him 'fighting fit' ahead of Proteas series

Sydney, Oct 31(ANI): Peter Siddle, who is the only Australian bowler to have played in every Test match in past two years, has revealed how he turned vegetarian and trained hard to keep himself fit for the crucial series against South Africa.

Since returning early from April's Test tour of the West Indies, a rare occurrence for the durable pace man, Siddle has turned virtual teetotaler.

"Obviously there's a few changes there. My girlfriend's vegetarian so it was just an easy transformation to get into that," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Siddle, as saying.

"I'm feeling good. I've lost about five kilos since the West Indies, so I'm feeling fit and healthy and just looking forward to getting into the summer," he added.

Siddle confirmed he had linked closely with Cricket Australia's team fitness staff about his new health regimen, to ensure it did not undermine his strength or endurance.

"Plenty of work gets done on those types of things. But it's not a big change, it's not too hard to work on that. The fitness is right up there. I'm feeling fit and strong throughout games, and recovering well," Siddle said.

"It's another way of staying on top of injuries and maintaining good fitness and good recovery methods. It's put me in the position of knowing I've done everything I can on the fitness side of things that if there's any injuries or anything goes wrong throughout games, I know I've given myself every chance to steer clear of them," he added.

"Plenty of work's gone into it. Obviously [we have to cope with] hot days, we spend a lot of time in hot weather, so it just gives me every chance to know I'm fit and strong and [will] last out a full Test, whether it be 20 overs [in a day] or maybe 30-35 overs and I can keep going," he said. (ANI)

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