Melbourne - Australia paceman Peter Siddle
has expressed his disappointment with his omission from the series-opening Test
against New Zealand, having clawed his way back into the squad after months on
Siddle was overlooked for the Brisbane
Test, which started earlier on Thursday, in favour of Josh Hazlewood, who took
the third seamer spot to join left-armers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc
in the pace attack.
It was a tough blow for 30-year-old Siddle,
who helped bowl Australia to victory in the team's last Test match, a dead
rubber against England, after having been ignored for the first four matches of
the 3-2 Ashes defeat.
Siddle was released from 12th man duties at
the Gabba to prepare for home state Victoria's Sheffield Shield match against
New South Wales in Sydney starting on Friday.
"It was obviously (a)
disappointment," Siddle told local broadcaster Fox Sports at Brisbane
airport on Thursday.
"It's always disappointing to miss out
but especially after, obviously, the Ashes and how I finished up over
"Yeah, it's obviously a bit of a shock
but there's not much I can do it about. I've just got to be ready when the
From being one of Australia's first bowlers
picked, 57-Test Siddle has been relegated to a bit-part player over the past
year, with selectors promoting Starc and Hazlewood.
Siddle was picked for only one of
Australia's four Tests against India during the last home summer and spent most
of the Ashes carrying the drinks.
"It is a little bit (frustrating)
after coming back in and waiting so long to get that opportunity again and do
so well makes it a bit harder to take this time round," he added.
"But as I always say, I could be a lot
further away from the team than I am at the moment so, it's obviously not all
"Over the last 12 months it's probably
been a little bit different than it has been in the past for me personally ...
In the last 12 months I've been sort of on the outer a little bit and
"So I didn't get too far ahead of
myself... I knew it was going to be a tough decision and sadly it was me to
After Brisbane, Australia play New Zealand
in Perth and wrap up the three-match series with Test cricket's first day-night
fixture in Adelaide.