Siddle, Hilfenhaus 'deserve to finish the job'

Victoria's John Hastings, who has been added to the Australian squad for the WACA Test.
Victoria's John Hastings, who has been added to the Australian squad for the WACA Test.

POSSIBLE Test debutant John Hastings says workhorse pacemen Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus deserve ample opportunity to prove they should hold their places for the series decider against South Africa in Perth.

National selectors added Hastings, a Victorian bowling all-rounder, NSW's Josh Hazlewood and WA's Mitch Johnson to its squad, to complement reserve paceman Mitch Starc for the third Test, starting Friday.

While a decision to rest one of both of Siddle and Hilfenhaus, who combined to cover the mid-match loss of James Pattinson to injury at Adelaide Oval, would increase Hastings' chances of a Test debut, the hulking all-rounder said he was wishing his squad-mates a speedy recovery.

"If 'Sidds' [Siddle] is walking he's probably every chance to play at Perth. It's every fast-bowler's dream to play a Test at Perth so he'll be well and truly up for it," Hastings said on Tuesday morning in Melbourne, ahead of his departure for Perth.

"Hopefully these guys pull up [well]. They deserve [another] crack at South Africa, the deserve to finish the job and get a series win."

The call-up of Hastings, 27, came just a month after he led the Australia A pace attack against the Proteas in Sydney.

This time last year Hastings was recuperating from shoulder-reconstruction surgery. During that period he feared his fledgling limited-overs career for Australia for over, which he said has made his Test call-up more satisfying.

"It just goes to show that I've put in a lot of hard work and determination to get back. I'm really excited to get a chance," he said.

"Having a year off, you've got to get your body back into being hardened to bowl. Personally, I feel I've done all the work I possibly can to get my body where I want it to [be].

"There's no better time for me, if I get the opportunity, to step up."

Hastings had brief conversations with Australia coach Mickey Arthur and chief selector John Inverarity on Monday night. He said he expects further discussions once he arrives in Perth, but said he was capable of playing at the WACA Ground either as an all-rounder or a specialist paceman.

As Hastings enters the squad another Victorian, Rob Quiney, leaves it after failing in all three of his innings at No.3 in place of the fit-again Shane Watson. Hastings said the 30-year-old had been luckless in his first Test stint.

"He's in fantastic form. To go out there and nick two balls that's cricket . . . you can be so high and then you can be brought down in the space of two balls," Hastings said of Quiney.

"I'm sure he'll come back and he'll score a mountain of runs again, and hopefully he gets another chance."

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