Siddle in danger of missing second Test


Australia could be without veteran paceman Peter Siddle for the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, depending on how quickly he recovers from a back spasm picked up in the first game.

Siddle bowled only eight overs in the second innings in Wellington, and was off the field for most of day three. He did take three wickets though, as the Aussies won by more than an innings.

Coach Darren Lehmann said: "If he's not 100% he won't play – that's what we do. We'll wait and see how he pulls up in the next couple of days and he'd have to bowl pretty well in the days leading up.

"We've only got an extra day leading up now, so he'll have to recover pretty quickly. But we'll just wait and see."

If Siddle is unfit, that will be good news for Jackson Bird, who was not overly impressive at the Basin Reserve. He was erratic and took just one wicket, so Siddle being unfit would mean he keeps his place. James Pattinson is set to play if Siddle is not fit.

Lehmann added of Bird: "I thought he got better throughout the game. He was a bit short and a bit wide and bit nervous in the first innings, as you would be having not played since Durham in 2013.

"So a little bit of nerves but he got better as the game went on which was good for him."

The second Test starts on Saturday 20 February, and will be New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum's final Test before retirement.