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Australia pick fit-again Hazlewood over Siddle for Gabba Test

Australia's Josh Hazlewood reacts after his delivery was hit for four during the first one-day international cricket match against England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton June 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Philip Brown (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) - RTR2FK0Z
Australia's Josh Hazlewood reacts after his delivery was hit for four during the first one-day international cricket match against England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Philip Brown (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) - RTR2FK0Z

London: Australian towering pacemanJosh Hazlewood has been picked over veteran Peter Siddle in the playing XI for the opening Test match of the three-match series against New Zealand at theGabba on Thursday.

The 24-year-old bowler, who was physically exhausted and low on confidence, was rested from the final Ashes Test against England in August, the Guardian reported.

Team captain Steve Smith said that the decision was obviously disappointing for Siddle as he bowled extremely well in The Oval Test match but added that Hazlewood was selected on the basis of his extreme success against India last year. (ANI)