Hurt Siddle aiming for New Zealand Tests

Australia

Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle hopes his ankle injury heals in time for the Test tour to New Zealand, and will be using the Sheffield Shield to get his fitness up again.

Siddle last played for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against the West Indies, before hurting his ankle. While he has returned to training, he will give the Big Bash LEague a skip and focus on the red ball.

Siddle, who hopes to feature on 12 February in New Zealand, told cricket.com.au: "My ankle is feeling good after a little bit of a rest and I plan to have my first bowl tomorrow.

"The plan is to hold back from the Big Bash with the Renegades and be saved for that Shield game at the start of February.

"If everything goes to plan I will get through that well and I can get over to New Zealand and do well over there."

As for the team's chances, Siddle is confidence the Aussies can replicate the series win they secured when the Black Caps came to Oz late last year. He does concede that conditions could make that tricky.

He added: "We have shown we can get the job done in all types of conditions and I think it will be no different over there.

"We will need to bat well, try and bat for as long as we can and build some big scores like we did in Australia.

"I think it is going to be suited to how they think they can win Test matches, which should mean there is a little bit in the wicket and hopefully it will swing around for us too.

"That’s probably going to be their best opportunity and we are going to have to prepare for that.

"But we have still got to plan well and execute and I think we have got a good enough bowling attack to do that."

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