Peter Siddle recalled despite backlash from Aussie legends

Peter Siddle has been brought into Australia's squad for the Boxing Day Test as a replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood.

Siddle is likely to be a bowling reserve, with James Pattinson and Michael Neser already in the squad.

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"Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne. He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation," chief selector Trevor Hohns said.

However, Spin King Shane Warne labelled the idea of picking Siddle in the squad as a “backward step” and was hoping a youngster would join.

Peter Siddle has been recalled to the Test squad. (Getty Images)

This followed coach Justin Langer declaring the veteran quick an obvious choice considering Siddle's imposing form at the MCG.

"I'm a big fan of Peter Siddle, he's done a great job, he's a good guy to have around the group and he's still doing really well for Victoria," Warne said.

"But for me I think it's a step backwards if you go to Peter Siddle, even if it's just a stop-gap sort of thing.

"This is the perfect opportunity, you're one-nil up in the series, you're playing well, it's a great opportunity to get someone in the side, and I think Pattinson's one of the top few bowlers in Australia anyway.”

Langer aware of Siddle’s super Shield form

Siddle has taken 12 wickets at 15.16 in three Shield matches at the MCG this summer, form which hasn't gone unnoticed by Australia coach Langer.

"We've started to think about (a squad replacement for Hazlewood), the obvious one would be Peter Siddle actually," Langer said.

"He did a really good job in the Ashes, he's bowling very well for Victoria and it's at the MCG where he's played a lot of cricket."