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Peter Siddle a doubtful starter for second Test against New Zealand

Peter Siddle a doubtful starter for second Test against New Zealand
Peter Siddle picked three wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
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Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle is a doubtful starter for the second Test match against New Zealand in Christchurch after suffering a back spasm in the first game in Wellington.

Siddle bowled a total of 20 overs spread across both the innings in the first Test and picked three wickets in total and did not bowl in the match after the tea break on day three.

Australian captain Steven Smith revealed that Siddle was suffering from a back spasm and he will be closely monitored ahead of the start of the second game.

“He’s had a bit of spasm through his back,” Smith said about Siddle.

“I was able to keep him on ice.

“He wasn’t needed in the end.

“We’ll wait and see how he pulls up over the next couple of days to see whether he’ll be fit for that second Test match.” 

If Siddle is unavailable Australia have the option of including James Pattinson in the side but the 25-year-old is recovering from a shin injury which kept him out from being included for the first Test.

However, Smith is confident that Pattinson is currently right on track to be fully fit and available for selection for the second Test match.

“He’s done quite a lot of bowling this week,” Smith said of Pattinson

“He’s had quite a few sessions.

“I saw him bowl this morning actually and it looked like they were coming out pretty nicely and quite fast.

“He’s tracking pretty well to be fit for the next Test match.” 

Australian coach Darren Lehmann also stressed on the fact that the team management will not take a risk by playing Siddle if he is not fully fit.

“If he (Peter Siddle) is not 100% he won’t play - that’s what we do,” Lehmann said.

“We’ll wait and see how he pulls up in the next couple of days and he’d have to bowl pretty well in the days leading up.

“We’ve only got an extra day leading up now, so he’ll have to recover pretty quickly.

“But we’ll just wait and see.” 

Having taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two match Test series, Australia will retain the Trans-Tasman Trophy which they regained in 1993. 

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