Hilfenhaus, Siddle cleared to play in Durban Test

March 6th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Durban (South Africa), Mar.6 (ANI): Australian fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle have been cleared to play in the second Test against South Africa in Durban. The match starts from today.
Tasmania’’s Hilfenhaus, who took three wickets on debut in Australia’’s win over South Africa in the first Test in Johannesburg which ended on Monday, has a back complaint but bowled a long spell in the nets behind the Kingsmead ground in an encouraging effort.
Siddle, who is battling a sore foot, bowled off his long run at full pace and the Victorian also appears on track to play.
Both left the net session early with team physio Alex Kountouris. Hilfenhaus looked upbeat while Kountouris closely monitored Siddle.
The tourists have flown in uncapped duo Steve Magoffin from Western Australia and Brett Geeves from Tasmania as standby players. Both took part in the net session as NSW quick Doug Bollinger looked on as a spectator.
The left-armer was named 12th man for the first Test then injured himself while training in the nets last week in Johannesburg.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has had to do without several Test-quality bowlers on this tour, including Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson.
Ponting said he was confident Hilfenhaus and Siddle, who took nine wickets between them in Johannesburg, would play in the second Test.
“We needed to give them yesterday off just to freshen up a little bit more,” Ponting said before training on Thursday.
Ponting indicated leg-spinner Bryce McGain was unlikely to play and selectors were keen to stick with an all-pace attack, supported by spin-bowling batsmen Marcus North and Michael Clarke. (ANI)

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