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Australia recall Siddle as replacement for injured Hazlewood
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Australia recall Siddle as replacement for injured Hazlewood

Peter Siddle has been included in Australia's 13-man squad for the second Test against New Zealand as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood.

A hamstring tear on day two of the series opener in Perth forced Hazlewood to withdraw from the field for the remainder of the game, ruling him out of the subsequent Test as well.

As a result, Siddle has received a career lifeline after having been dropped from Australia's Test squad for the home series against their Trans-Tasman rivals.

His days in the national jersey appeared to be over following poor returns in the Ashes in England where he claimed just seven wickets at an abysmal average of 42.14.

The 35-year-old then faced the axe for the two-Test series against Pakistan as a three-pronged pace attack effectively operated in his absence.

Despite Siddle earning a late recall, James Pattinson is the likely candidate to replace Hazlewood in the playing XI for the Melbourne Test.

Australia chief selector Trevor Hohns, nevertheless, focused on Siddle's local knowledge of the MCG pitch that could work in favour of the home side.

"Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne," he said.

"He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation."

Australia skipper Tim Paine has also backed Siddle and praised his dedication to the game by keeping on playing for the team in the face of a hip injury.

The 67-Test veteran has picked 18 wickets in five first-class fixtures in this year's Sheffield Shield thus far.