Peter Siddle, the third pace option of Australian cricket team, has been ruled out of the second and penultimate Test of the series due to a back injury. Siddle was preferred over uncapped Joe Mennie for the first Test. Though he could just scalp just 3 wickets in the game but came up with some timely breakthroughs at the crucial point of time. Selectors have put Jackson Bird on stand-by for Siddle but is not part of the squad as of now.
“Peter Siddle had some lower back soreness at the conclusion of the first Test match in Perth,” Australia’s team physio David Beakley said. “Whilst we expect bowlers to be sore after Test matches, this was slightly worse than we expected and given that he was returning from a significant back injury, we organized some scans today.
“The scans demonstrated some low-grade bone edema around his old stress fracture that is likely to be a flare-up of his previous lower back injury. We are hopeful that this will resolve relatively quickly but have withdrawn him from the squad for the second Test match in Hobart. We will monitor his recovery and have a better idea of when he will return to play in the next week or so” he added.
Siddle is the second casualty for Australian team as they will be missing out on the services of Shaun Marsh who fractured his finger, again, during the fourth innings, forcing him to leave the series mid-way. Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson have been called to replace him. Though it’s not sure whether Ferguson will be handed over baggy green first time or will Burns get a second chance.
The Australian team is trailing in the series by a margin of 0-1 and has to get over the Africans in this game so as to prevent the last game from getting the tag of a ‘dead rubber’.
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