Siddle a doubt for second Test


Peter Siddle could miss Australia's second Test with New Zealand as he struggles to shake off a back complaint.

Siddle suffered spasms on day three of the first Test in Wellington, which the tourists went on to win by an innings and 52 runs.

After delivering the final over before tea on Sunday, Siddle did not bowl again and question marks remain over his fitness according to captain Steve Smith.

"He's had a bit of spasm through his back," Smith said. "I was able to keep him on ice. He wasn't needed in the end.

"We'll wait and see how he pulls up over the next couple of days to see whether he'll be fit for that second Test match."

James Pattinson appears the most likely replacement for Siddle if he can prove his own fitness ahead of the concluding encounter in Christchurch.

"He's done quite a lot of bowling this week. He's had quite a few sessions," Smith said of Pattinson.

"I saw him bowl this morning actually and it looked like they were coming out pretty nicely and quite fast.

"He's tracking pretty well to be fit for the next Test match."

The second Test gets underway on Saturday.