Sid­dle re­called for Box­ing Day Test

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to­wards the 2023 World Cup.

Nathan Lyon has also been over­looked de­spite be­ing the sec­ond spin­ner in Eng­land and play­ing in Aus­tralia's tour on In­dia in Fe­bru­ary, with Adam Zampa and Agar be­ing pre­ferred. Aus­tralia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Ab­bott, Ash­ton Agar, Alex Carey (vice-capt), Pat Cum­mins (vice-capt), Peter Hand­scomb, Josh Ha­zle­wood, Mar­nus Labuschagn­e, Kane Richard­son, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ash­ton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Peter Sid­dle has been re­called to the Aus­tralia Test squad as a re­place­ment for Josh Ha­zle­wood, ahead of the Box­ing Day Test against New Zealand in Mel­bourne, although re­mains only an out­side chance of play­ing.

In a move flagged by head coach Justin Langer dur­ing the Perth Test, the se­lec­tors have re­turned to Sid­dle who will bring home-ground ex­pe­ri­ence of the MCG and strong Sh­effield Shield re­turns this sea­son where he is Vic­to­ria's lead­ing wicket-taker with 18 at 19.77.

Sid­dle played in three of the Ashes Tests, tak­ing nine wick­ets, but picked up an in­jury early at The Oval

How­ever, if Aus­tralia only make one change for Box­ing Day - a re­place­ment for Ha­zle­wood, who suf­fered a ham­string strain in his sec­ond over in Perth - Sid­dle will re­main be­hind James Pat­tin­son and Michael Neser in the peck­ing or­der.

Mar­nus Labuschagn­e

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