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Will put up fine show for Hughes at SCG: Siddle

Will put up fine show for Hughes at SCG: Siddle
The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust has also planned to unveil a bronze plaque in memory of Hughes, who died two days after a Sean Abbott delivery hit the back of the helmet in a freak on-field accident.

Siddle, who was not picked for the Brisbane and Melbourne games after playing the first Test in Adelaide, said that keeping emotions in check will not be easy. “I had an opportunity to fly down and play the big bash game couple of weeks ago down in Sydney during the Brisbane Test and I think turning up there was a bit awkward. Little bit daunting at first to walk out on the ground and spend some time out there. It’s going to be hard, we all know that,” Siddle told reporters here.

Having already reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy post the draw at Melbourne and a 2-0 series lead, Siddle said that great camaraderie between the players has made things easy. “I think the lead ups are probably going to be the hardest.

The best thing about all this is being able to be together as a team. That’s what has kept us strong over the last couple of weeks. Some of our best friends doing it together and if we want to talk about it we can. It’s going to be the best opportunity for us to be all together and be as one in that match. Once that match starts then we will get stuck in and put up a mighty fine contest for him,” he said.

Siddle, 30, who took two Indian wickets in the first innings of the opening Test, went wicketless in the second innings and was not picked in the XI  thereafter.

Agar hoping for SCG pitch to assist spin
With Sydney Cricket Ground having a history of assisting spin from third day onwards, Australian left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar is  hoping to get picked in the XI and play his part in the fourth and final cricket Test against India starting January 6. Agar, who joined the 13-man squad that regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following a draw in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, is keeping his fingers crossed for his Test return after nearly one-and-a-half years.

“Nothing’s guaranteed. That’s what I’m saying in my head. I’m just going to try my very best to bowl well in the nets and from there it’s pretty much up to the wicket,” Agar, who played his second and last Test in July 2013 in England, said.

The 21-year-old is making his presence felt for domestic side Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash T20 tournament and did pick up the key wicket of Jacques Kallis in Thursday’s match against Sydney Thunder. On the other hand India, who will play for pride after trailing 0-2 in the four-match series, may also be looking to include rookie left-arm spinner Akshar Patel to field a two-man spin attack alongwith R Ashwin at SCG.
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