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Stephen O’Keefe to replace Peter Siddle in third Test against West Indies


Stephen O’Keefe was named today in a two-prong spin attack in Australia’s side for the third Test against the West Indies here.

O’Keefe replaces injured paceman Peter Siddle in the only change to the team that trounced the Windies by 177 runs in Melbourne to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.

Siddle has not recovered from an ankle injury he sustained in the Melbourne Test and was not 100 percent fit for Sunday’s final Test, skipper Steve Smith said.

“He (Siddle) felt it wasn’t best for him to come into this Test match the way he is at the moment,” Smith told reporters at the ground.

“He’s a great team man and felt he would be letting the team down (if he played). We were probably going to go the two spinners option anyway.”

Smith said Australia had gone with the twin spin option as he expected the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to turn.

“The wicket looks dry so I think it’ll take some spin.


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