Sydney - Paceman Peter Siddle has been
ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand with back trouble, Cricket
Australia said on Thursday, with James Pattinson a likely replacement.
Siddle was troubled by back spasms during
the final day of Australia's crushing innings and 52 run trouncing of the Black
Caps in the first Test in Wellington and had been in doubt for the second Test
starting in Christchurch on Saturday.
"Peter experienced some discomfort in
his back during the first Test in Wellington and has not recovered sufficiently
enough to play the Test," team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a
"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."
Jackson Bird was preferred as the third
fast bowler in Wellington while Pattinson was given more time to recover from a
shin injury he picked up in last month's home Test series against the West