Australia have dealt with a major blow as key pacer Peter Siddle could be in line to miss the second test against New Zealand. With James Pattinson already not fully fit, the exclusion of Siddle will just add more pressure on the already inexperienced Australian bowling attack. Siddle played a crucial role in the Basin Reserve test as he struck frequently and troubled the Kiwis with his line and length in the first innings.
“If he’s not 100% he won’t play – that’s what we do,” coach Darren Lehmann said about Peter Siddle. “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.”
Lehmann also spoke about the overall nature of the pitches in New Zealand and said, “You knew what we were going to come up against and the type of wickets we were going to play on.” Obviously New Zealand it’s very similar to England I suppose, it had plenty of grass on it but it played better than it looked. I thought it wasn’t a bad wicket, to be fair. “It didn’t do as much as we thought. I thought we bowled really well and maybe New Zealand let us in there with a couple of shots. I don’t think it was a 183 wicket, to be perfectly honest. We just bowled in really good areas. We were up in the air whether we would bat or bowl first. It was only just at the toss the captain decided to bowl first. Right call in the end.”