More rest before India tour: Peter Siddle.

More rest before India tour: Peter Siddle. Photo: AP

PETER Siddle has been prohibited from playing competitive cricket before the Test squad departs for India but his sidekick James Pattinson will return to the Sheffield Shield in Adelaide on Thursday.

In another example of Cricket Australia's careful management of fast bowlers, Siddle has been made unavailable to Victoria so he can recover from the strenuous workload he carried through the Test summer.

Because Siddle is not considered for one-day international matches, he will have had a month's break from competitive bowling by the time he leaves for a ''red ball camp'' in India on February 7.

Bushrangers officials are disappointed they can't unleash Siddle against South Australia but thrilled to have Pattinson, who injured his rib during the second Test against South Africa and has played two weekends of club cricket.

Barring further incident, the 22-year-old paceman is set to re-join the Test squad for the tour of India, while David Hussey has a chance to press his case for a seat on the plane. The batsman will join the Bushrangers in Adelaide after Wednesday's ODI against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

And, just as the decline of wrist spin in Australia was being lamented, Victoria has promoted two uncapped leggies to the squad of 12. At least one of James Muirhead and Fawad Ahmed will make his debut against the Redbacks.

Ahmed's promotion continues a rapid rise for the 31-year-old refugee, who was granted asylum in Australia two months ago.

He has since played for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, and will complete a dream week when he represents the Prime Minister's XI against West Indies at Canberra's Manuka Oval next Tuesday.

Ahmed, who has taken 26 wickets at 16.50 for Melbourne University this season, is one of four leg-spinners excelling in Premier Cricket this summer, along with Bryce McGain, Brenton McDonald (brother of Andrew) and Muirhead.

There was grim news, though, for left-arm spinner Michael Beer, who is in doubt for the India tour after injuring his shoulder at Western Australia's training. The extent of the injury is not yet known but it could bring Xavier Doherty or Steve O'Keefe into contention for the second spinner's berth.