Red­backs pos­i­tive Sid­dons will re­turn

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JUSTIN CHAD­WICK (AAP)

STAND-IN South Aus­tralia cricket coach Greg Blewett is con­fi­dent Jamie Sid­dons will be able to re­turn to his post once he has dealt with per­sonal is­sues.

Sid­dons was granted leave for South Aus­tralia’s re­cent loss to WA in Perth and he’ll also be ab­sent for the Red­backs’

clash with Tas­ma­nia in Ho­bart, start­ing Satur­day.

With Ja­son Gille­spie coach­ing the Ade­laide Strik­ers in the BBL, it means Sid­dons’ next match in charge won’t be un­til the Shield re­sumes on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Ru­mours are cir­cling Sid­dons may not re­turn to coach the Red­backs, but Blewett is con­fi­dent that isn’t the case. “He’s deal­ing with a few is­sues at the mo­ment,” Blewett said. “We’ve got the Big Bash com­ing up, so he can work through those is­sues and he’ll be back in the New Year.”

The Red­backs are cur­rently on an 18-match win­less run in the Shield.

They came close to end­ing that on Mon­day, only to stum­ble 36 runs short of WA in a thrilling clash at the WACA Ground.

Blewett and his play­ers were left gut­ted by that re­sult, but they are de­ter­mined to turn de­spair into cel­e­bra­tions some­time soon.

“That’s whats keep­ing us go­ing — we know there’s a win just around the cor­ner,” Blewett said.

“We’re re­ally a tight group. We’ve been through a lot the last cou­ple of years. All the boys have been great.”

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