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Back injury forces Peter Siddle out of second Test against New Zealand

Back injury forces Peter Siddle out of second Test against New Zealand
Peter Siddle (right) picked three wickets in the first Test against New Zealand.
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Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle will not be taking part in the second Test against New Zealand due to a back injury he picked during the first game in Wellington.

Siddle suffered back spasms while bowling in the first Test and did not bowl in the game after the tea break on day three.

Earlier this week Australia's coach Darren Lehmann stated that Siddle will play the second Test match in Christchurch only if he is a 100 percent fit for the game. 

Cricket Australia’s physiotherapist David Beakley confirmed that Siddle has not recovered fully and will sit out of the second Test.

Beakley further disclosed that Siddle will stay back with the squad and he will undergo further assessment in Melbourne after the completion of the ongoing tour.

"Peter (Siddle) experienced some discomfort in his back during the first Test in Wellington and has not recovered sufficiently enough to play the Test.

"At this stage the plan is for him to stay with the squad in Christchurch for the remainder of the tour before returning to Melbourne for further investigation."

James Pattinson is most likely to replace Siddle but in case the 25-year-old is not declared fit Australia have the uncapped fast bowler Chadd Sayers in the squad.  

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