Injured Siddle heads home
Peter Siddle has become the fourth Australian to return home from the tour of India through injury.
Last Updated: 03/11/09 9:37am
Australia's injury crisis has worsened with the return home of Peter Siddle from their tour of India.
Siddle experienced stiffness his left side during Australia's 24-run victory in the fourth one-day international in Mohali on Monday and has been advised to rest.
The injury is not believed to be chronic but the Victorian paceman would not have recovered in time for the final three matches of the seven-game series, which is currently level at 2-2.
"Peter's injury does not appear to be a serious problem but it is unlikely he will be able to safely bowl within the next week, which would therefore not allow him to have any further participation in the tour," explained Cricket Australia physio Kevin Sims.
"With this in mind, we have made the decision that Peter will return to Australia where he will reviewed by Cricket Australia medical staff to ensure he is available for selection at the beginning of the Australian summer."
Siddle is the fourth member of Australia's one-day squad to be forced home from India by injury, following on from the departures of Tim Paine (broken finger), Brett Lee (elbow) and James Hopes (hamstring).
Cricket Australia's national selection panel have yet to decide if a replacement for Siddle will be called up.
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council has fined Australia for a slow over-rate during the Mohali win.
The tourists finished two overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
Captain Ricky Ponting will lose 20 percent of his match fee and the rest of the team 10 percent.