The Redbacks won just two JLT One-Day Cup matches and went winless through the JLT Sheffield Shield in what was a difficult summer for the State.
Injuries to key bowlers Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall coupled with the call ups of Travis Head, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson to the national side raised significant challenges throughout SA’s Shield campaign in particular as the Redbacks finished bottom of the table for the second consecutive season.
Speaking at Friday’s Neil Dansie Medal presentation, Siddons said work was already well underway to turn things around for the 2019-20 campaign.
“The season was disappointing. It’s about results, and we didn’t get those,” Siddons said.
“We’ve had some really good, upfront and honest conversations amongst the coaching staff and the players had their review today (Friday).
“We’ve made some really good decisions and put some good thoughts out there to improve next year, and that’s what we need to do. We need to improve.
“It’s a pretty simple game really. Bat, bowl and field a bit better and make more runs than the opposition to win the game.
“We’ve got to sit down and train a lot better and a lot harder and come up with those solutions.”
South Australia blooded two List A and three first-class debutants last summer with emerging players such as Harry Nielsen, Cameron Valente, Kelvin Smith and Tom Andrews also relishing more opportunity.
Siddons backed the depth and talent of the squad to bring success back to the State.
“The players are definitely there,” he said.
“We’ve got four or five-year players who have made amazing centuries in the past and have made one or two this year, if they can put that together more often we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s really exciting and we’ve got some really good young talent coming through who’ve had games this year.
“I’m past the disappointment part of losing and not playing so well. I’m now really optimistic about what’s coming for us.
“There’s no reason for me to be down, it’s now time to be up and start to lift the side and get us back to where we should be.”
Despite the disappointment of the domestic series, South Australians were well represented on the international stage with Head, Carey, Zampa and Richardson all entrenching themselves in the Australian setup throughout the summer.
Head and Carey were promoted to leadership roles while Zampa and Richardson worked hard to re-establish themselves in Australia’s limited-overs squads.
Siddons said their success reflected well on South Australian cricket as a whole.
“I’m about producing Australian cricketers. If we do that, we should win competitions,” Siddons said.
“If the players go in there, like Travis (Head) has now, we want them to stay in there.
“Our No.1 goal is to get them in the Aussie team and make sure they stay in there because they’re good enough - our culture, our training, the way we play the game is good enough to give them the skills and talent to go up there and stay there.”