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    Siddle, Hastings join 'A' squad vs Zim

    Siddle replaces Faulkner for two four-day matches of the series against a Zimbabwe XI.

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia says Test paceman Peter Siddle will join the second-string 'A' squad for its tour of Zimbabwe in place of James Faulkner, who is ruled out with glandular fever.

    Siddle replaces Faulkner for two four-day matches of the series against a Zimbabwe XI, while all-rounder John Hastings will play the one-day matches in a triangular tournament, which also features a South Africa A team.

    Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch on Thursday said the series would offer both Siddle and Hastings a chance to impress after absences from international cricket. Australia's next Test tour is to Sri Lanka in August.

    Australia A's first one-dayer is on June 29 against Zimbabwe. The four-day matches start on July 15 and July 21.