Siddle recalled for Boxing Day Test
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.