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Siddle says return to cricket delayed

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

Australian paceman Peter Siddle has had to delay his return to cricket as he recovers from another back injury.

Siddle had a lengthy injury lay-off this year, but returned to the Australian team for last month's first Test against South Africa.

He had back soreness after that game and scans showed damage around an old stress fracture.

Siddle had wanted to return around Boxing Day, but confirmed on Wednesday it will have to wait until next month when he hopes to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

"You never want to miss Boxing Day, but for me it's probably going to be in the New Year now, with the Big Bash," he told Fox Sports.

"It's disappointing, but exciting as well - it's not too far away and I'm looking forward to that.

"It's more I'm not quite ready yet, that's the thing."

Siddle admits he came back too quickly and is now trying to be more patient.

"It's a slow process and it's about getting it right," he said.

"Obviously I pushed it a little bit too hard previously, so I want to make sure it's right this time and make sure it's not a long time on the sidelines.

"I will get it right, get back and I will be ready to go to finish off the summer of cricket."

Renegades captain Aaron Finch does not expect to have Siddle available in the first half of their Big Bash League schedule.

"His back hasn't fully recovered yet - we'll cross that bridge when it comes," Finch said.

While Siddle's comeback is delayed, fellow Test paceman and Renegades teammate James Pattinson is ready.

Leg and back injuries have meant no first class cricket since February for Pattinson.

But the quick has returned through the Victorian Premier League with Dandenong and wants to play all the Renegades' matches.

"I don't think I'll be rested from any games - if I'm available I will hopefully play all eight games and see what happens after that," he said.

"I'm pretty excited, obviously I haven't played a lot of cricket of late."

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