New Zealand captain ‘very happy’ to return to tour
New Zealand cricketer Peter Siddle is set to play in Australia for the first time since injuring his knee in an innings against South Africa at the SCG.
Siddle’s recovery has been hampered by the same injury he sustained in the same match but the 26-year-old is confident he will be back on the field soon.
“I’m very excited about getting back on field in Australia and just getting my head around it,” Siddle told reporters.
He said he was not sure when he would be ready to play.
Australia’s Brad Haddin has also been ruled out for a while with a hamstring strain.
England coach Steve Smith said he thought Siddle was likely to play on Sunday but that his fitness had been compromised.
Smith said Siddle would need a few days to regain his fitness and that his “health is absolutely, 100 per cent on” as he returns to training.
In a match where the hosts were able to score a total of six fours and three fours, England were able a draw after the first innings.
They were then able to take a lead on the second day when a Chris Woakes delivery to the midwicket spot took the wicket off the wickets of Ryan Harris, who made a spectacular diving catch to score.
But Australia scored a century to take the match into the fifth over when Siddle ran down and smashed a shot into the wall to score from midwickets.
The game was eventually called off after a heavy rain delay caused by a tree falling on a bus in Sydney, with the Australian players then able return to the field.
This is a very good result for Australia,” Smith said.
We will have a good discussion with Peter Sizzel and the Australian cricket board about whether or not he will play.
Peter Siddel said he is ready to be back playing after having his knee injured in the first Test at the MCG.
Siddle suffered a minor injury in the second innings and was not able to return from the ground.
New Zealand were leading the match at 3-1 when they were bowled out for 47, and it was only a matter of time before Australia took a wicket.
That’s the reason for the delay, I think it’s pretty much down to a bit of trees falling.
I was pretty sure I was bowling at the wale, so I bowled the next ball at the middle off the boundary to make sure I wasn’t bowling in the middle, and then bowled it at the tail.
After the first two days of the Test, Smith said there was no reason for Australia to have hoped for a quick turnaround.
You know, we’ve just got to work our way through this.
It’s really important to the team, the fans, that they continue to work through this injury, and that they are fit.
With his injury, Smith also said that there were a lot of positives for Australia.
Peter Siddle says the injury he suffered in the 2nd Test against South African in Adelaide last year was “a bit of a setback” but he’s now confident he can play again.
What he’s been doing is just getting back fit.
He’s been training with his coach, Chris Waddle, and he’s getting back in shape, so he’s really confident that he can do the job and he can still be there as an important part of the team.
And the boys are really excited about what he’s got to do.
I think that the guys are really, really excited to see him back and they know he’s a fantastic player.
There are a lot more games left and he knows that he has to get back to 100 per to play again and I think that he’ll do that very quickly.
(Sideline: James Pattinson) Smith told the BBC the injuries had been a challenge, but it was also a positive step in the right direction.
Everyone has to be really fit to play cricket and the guys have been really, very fit.
The good thing is that it was a little setback for him, but that’s the nature of the injuries and he just needs to get his head around that and keep working hard.