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Harris replaces injured Siddle for ODIs

Cricinfo staff

January 13, 2009

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Ryan Harris has been added to Australia's one-day squad and David Warner will travel with the team to the first match in Melbourne after the side was dealt two injury blows. Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against South Africa with a stress problem in his foot, while Michael Clarke will have his injured right thumb assessed in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Warner has been placed on standby for Clarke and even if he does not play he will add to the national squad experience that began with a brilliant 89 at the MCG on Sunday. Harris, who is also part of the Twenty20 group but was not picked for either match, will be hoping for an ODI debut in Friday's match.

Siddle's injury concern has ruled him out of the South Africa games but he is expected to be fit for the one-day series against New Zealand beginning on February 1. Scans revealed the early stages of mild stress in Siddle's left foot, although the problem is far less severe than a similar worry that required Brett Lee to have surgery.

"Peter Siddle has had previous pain in his left foot which became worse during the Test Series against South Africa," Alex Kountouris, the team physio said. "After the series was completed, we investigated and scans revealed the early signs of mild stress on a bone in his left foot.

"As such, Peter needs a short period of rest before resuming bowling which we anticipate will be in a further two weeks. We have taken a conservative approach to his recovery with the Test Series in South Africa, and the Australian team's upcoming commitments, in mind."

Siddle is yet to make his one-day international debut but has impressed in his first four Tests with 17 wickets at 31.29. The Queensland fast bowler Harris, 29, is the second leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield this season with 27 victims at 26.59.

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