Australia in NZ 2015-16 February 17, 2016

Siddle ruled out of Christchurch Test

Peter Siddle went off the field with a back problem on the third day of the Wellington Test © Getty Images

Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch due to back pain. Siddle bowled only eight overs during New Zealand's second innings in Wellington before back spasms forced him from the field after tea on day three; he returned on the fourth morning but did not bowl again.

"Peter experienced some discomfort in his back during the first Test in Wellington and has not recovered sufficiently enough to play the Test," Cricket Australia's physio David Beakley said. "At this stage the plan is for him to stay with the squad in Christchurch for the remainder of the tour before returning to Melbourne for further investigation."

Siddle's absence in Christchurch will likely mean a recall for James Pattinson, who played all three Tests against West Indies before shin soreness prevented him from playing later in January. Pattinson was ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington as the selectors were unsure whether his fitness would stand up to five days of cricket.

However, captain Steven Smith said after the Wellington Test that Pattinson had been bowling well in the nets and appeared to be on track to be available for the second Test, which starts on Saturday. The only other bowling option in Australia's squad is the uncapped swing bowler Chadd Sayers, whose style is similar to that of Jackson Bird, who played in Wellington.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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