Pattinson replaces injured Siddle for second Test


James Pattinson will replace the injured Peter Siddle in Australia's squad for their second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch. 

Siddle was restricted by back spasms in Wellington last week and has been forced out of the second of the two-Test series, which starts on Saturday, with the cause of his injury to be investigated in Melbourne next week.

Pattinson is the only change from Australia's innings and 52-run win at Basin Reserve, and captain Steve Smith is looking forward to unleashing the fast bowler against their Trans-Tasman rivals.

"'Patto' obviously wasn't right that first Test match, and he's been working hard since," Smith said on Friday. 

"He's bowled a lot in the nets and we're all confident he'll get through this next Test match and hopefully he can have a big impact for us.

"I think he had three or four sessions and bowled with good pace. Hopefully he can do some of the same this week and it looks like the conditions are going to suit him nicely."

Despite ongoing shin soreness that saw him miss several weeks of cricket earlier in the year, Pattinson said he is ready to go after a run in the nets. 

"I'm full of confidence now, knowing I can get through this game, and it was pleasing because in the nets I probably bowled the best I have over the last six months," he said.

"I'm starting to feel really good with my action, and physically I felt really good too.

"I probably wasn't really happy with where I was releasing the ball from [earlier in the summer].

"I was probably a bit lower than I have been in the past, so it was about getting nice and tall again and releasing the ball from that high position - more from where I started, when I did come on the [Test] scene.

"Now it's feeling really comfortable. I'm swinging the ball late, which is good, and getting back to some good pace as well."


Australia XI: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.