Australian coach Darren Lehmann admitted that the Australians would be tinkering with their team for the New Year’s test against West Indies in Sydney. Lehmann said that left arm spinner Steven O’ Keefe could get a chance in Sydney. However, Lehmann also said that in case Peter Siddle doesn’t recover from his injury, Australia could field a two spin attack.
“In the games we’ve been watching it’s been spinning, so I would say more than likely it’ll be two spinners,” Lehmann said. “But until we get there – and the weather, there’s a bit of weather about – so we’ll have to sum that up probably closer to day one I would think before we make a decision. Obviously, we’ve got to wait for all the fitness on the quicks as well.” Elaborating about Siddle’s condition, Lehmann said, “He’s an important player for us, but we’ve got to make sure he’s ready to go,” Lehmann said.
“As you could see he went off the ground a few times and saw the doctor, so very painful. But again we’ve just got to weigh that up and see how he pulls up over the next couple of days. He’d have to bowl for a start, to make sure he’s all right. If he doesn’t bowl then it’s going to be a struggle for him.”