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Siddle treated for toxic bushfire smoke inhalation
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Siddle treated for toxic bushfire smoke inhalation

Peter Siddle has received treatment for smoke inhalation after a Big Bash League fixture between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder was abandoned due to bushfire haze.

Siddle bowled two overs during Thunder's innings before the players were forced off the field after a thick blanket of smoke enveloped the ground.

"It was pretty unsafe out there" Strikers captain Alex Carey said following the game.

"We had a couple of cases after, the doctor had to come in and assess him (Siddle), we have a few asthmatics in the team as well, luckily they did not stay out there too long."

"'Sids' is back to Melbourne and joining the Australian squad, for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand.

"There are bushfires around the country and as players, there is a bigger picture than just cricket," he added.

Organisers had brushed off warnings ahead of the game regarding the poor air quality in the city of Canberra and decided to go ahead with the BBL match.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in some parts of Australia has reached record levels of toxicity in the wake of the destructive bushfires, thus resulting in an impact on outdoor sports including cricket.

The Australian Cricketers Association said it is working with Cricket Australia to formulate policies related to matches affected by injurious smoke while the International Cricket Council is considering "air quality" guidelines.

The recent turn of events could mean Siddle is unlikely to feature in the second Test against New Zealand.

The veteran fast bowler was earlier named Josh Hazlewood's replacement in the squad but James Pattinson is expected to be part of the playing XI.