Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his back and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Cricket Australia have confirmed.
Team physio Alex Kountouris confirmed in a statement that he would be ruled out of the remainder of Australia's summer programme and the tour to New Zealand, which begins on 26th February.
"Peter experienced back pain during the Commonwealth Bank Series. The source of the pain was investigated after the fifth ODI and unfortunately scans revealed that he has a lower back stress fracture," Kountouris said.
"The nature of this injury means that Peter will require a long rehabilitation period and as such he’ll be unavailable for the remainder of the domestic summer and the tour of New Zealand."
Siddle joins Callum Ferguson, Nathan Bracken and Brett Lee as long-term injury absentees for Australia.
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