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“Unlucky for Sids because he’s done a great job for us over the last few Tests but we’ve gone for the extra pace”
Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle was dropped for the third and final Test against South Africa in Cape Town since head coach Darren Lehmann wants him to start bowling faster.
Lehmann decided to pick James Pattinson instead since he has been troubling batsmen with his blistering pace.
“He’s fully fit, we just wanted the extra pace and James gives us that,” Lehmann said. “They’re producing wickets which don’t have much grass on them and take reverse, so we want the extra pace here and he’s a fresh bowler, which is great. He’s as keen as mustard.
“Unlucky for Sids because he’s done a great job for us over the last few Tests but we’ve gone for the extra pace. He’d like some more wickets obviously but it’s the pace drop. We need him bowling 140kph and at the moment he’s averaging 131, 132. He knows that, we’ve spoken to him and I’m sure he will be back bigger and stronger.”
With all-rounder Shane Watson back in the side as well, Australia have a very formidable five-man bowling attack for the third Test.
“We love to have five bowlers,” Lehmann said. “Shane’s pulled up well, he’s good to go so it’s nice to have the all-rounder back, which gives us another option.
“It’s always tough. We had to make a choice and that’s the difficult job as selectors. We have to get 20 wickets to start with and obviously make a lot of runs.
“Shaun [Marsh] is very unlucky. At the start of the tour we were probably going to shape up as we have today.”