Peter Siddle has 208 wickets in 61 Tests so far    Getty Images
Peter Siddle has 208 wickets in 61 Tests so far Getty Images

Australia have recalled experienced Peter Siddle to their playing XI for the first Test against South Africa, which begins at Perth on Thursday. Skipper Steven Smith has confirmed this news. He has selected experience instead of going for rookie Joe Mennie, who was the surprise inclusion for Australia on this tour. Mennie will head back to Adelaide, where he will play the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, but will join the national side in time for the second Test at Hobart. Siddle, who has been recovering from a back injury, finds himself in the team as the third seamer as a replacement for Jon Holland, who had been part of the Australian squad for Sri Lanka. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test at Perth

Smith acknowledged that the experience of Siddle, a veteran of 61 Tests will come in handy. “They’re the kind of bowlers that can really tie up an end … who can hit consistent areas and build good pressure and keep runs down,” Smith told reporters, according to “We’ve gone with Sidds for this Test and it’s good to have him back as well after a fair injury lay-off.” Australia vice-captain and opener David Warner said that Siddle was quicker than usual in the nets. “Credit to him [Siddle] for getting himself ready and fit,” Warner told reporters. “He’s bowing faster than I’ve faced in previous times.

He feels fit, he’s bowling good line and length, and he was troubling our batsmen in the nets. He’s one of those bowlers when he hits [a difficult] line and length and there’s a little bit in that wicket he’s hard to face. He’s been our rock for many years now and he’s got the games under him and the experience to know what to bring out here.” Warner added. READ: AUS vs SA 2016: 5 players from the hosts dugout to watch out for

Australia XI for 1st Test against South Africa: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Joe Mennie (12th man).