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Siddle could miss rest of Caribbean series

April 17, 2012 - Port of Spain (West Indies)

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle may not take further part in the series against the West Indies amidst fears of back stiffness that could result in stress fractures.

Question marks were raised late last week after Siddle failed to bat at his usual No.8 position during the inspiring final-innings run chase.

The Australians were concerned enough to send Siddle for scans that revealed swelling in his back.

Siddle was ruled out of the Port of Spain match on Saturday night, which broke a run of ten consecutive Tests in which he had played.

"The one thing you don't want to do is continue to push through it. Sometimes, as a bowler, if you do that it can put you back a fair way with stress fractures," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Australian vice-captain Shane Watson, as saying.

"Fingers crossed that won't be the case and a few days' rest will mean that he's able to be right for the third Test," he added.

Siddle bowled 48 overs last week to go with the 17 he bowled in the tour match leading up to the series opener.

"In the end, his back had started to get sore through the last Test match, and he ended up getting a few scans to be able to find out what that back pain was. At the moment, it's shown it's a little bit sore and there's a little bit of swelling there," Watson said.


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