All-rounder John Hastings has lauded fast bowler Peter Siddle after his herculean effort nearly dragged Australia across the line in the second Test against South Africa.
With the home side a man down following the injury to James Pattinson on Saturday, Siddle and fellow quick Ben Hilfenhaus delivered 67 second-innings overs between them.
Siddle's desperation in the closing hour of the game epitomised Australia's fighting effort as he struck twice, removing Dale Steyn and then Rory Kleinveldt, even though he at times appeared to be struggling to stay on his feet let alone run in to bowl.
Siddle also regularly jogged back to his mark in the latter stages in an attempt to get through his overs quickly to give Australia as much time as possible to win the Test.
Speaking on Tuesday after being called up to a 14-man Australian squad for the third Test in Perth, Hastings was simply in awe of his Bushrangers team-mate.
"It was very inspiring wasn't it?" Hastings said of Siddle's performance.
"I know how much work has gone into his campaign this summer ... he was out on his feet and to see him jogging back to his mark and running in to the point of exhaustion was pretty inspiring.
"I can't wait to get over there (to Perth) and give him a big hug actually and see how he pulls up."
Hastings' inclusion along with fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood comes as Australia wait on both Siddle and Hilfenhaus, who have just three full days to recover in time for Perth.
Mitchell Starc, who has been 12th man in each of the first two Tests of the series, appears certain to take Pattinson's place but selectors are also wrestling with whether to employ a four-man pace attack.
Hastings believes Siddle will shrug off any concerns over the exhaustion he showed in Adelaide and take his place as Australia chase a series win.
"I think if Sidds is walking he's every chance to play at Perth," said Hastings, who also joked that he would 'be wafting a steak in front of' Siddle, who became a vegetarian earlier this year.
"It's every fast bowler's dream to play a Test at Perth so I think he'll be well and truly up for it.
"I think he'll be fine, he's a very tough character."I know the way he looks after his body really well and I'm sure he'll give himself every opportunity to play and have the last crack at South Africa."
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