Nottinghamshire have today announced the signing of Australian international fast bowler Peter Siddle, who joins the club on a two-year deal. Siddle is set to be available for selection in both County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures.
This marks Siddle’s second spell at the club, after a stint at Trent Bridge in 2014, in which he took 37 wickets from 11 County Championship matches. A brief spell at Lancashire prior to the 2015 Ashes series saw him take 18 wickets from just four matches at an average of 20.55.
The 30-year-old will bring a great deal of experience to the fast bowling ranks, having played in 57 Test matches and taking 198 wickets at 29.87, including figures of 5-50 at Trent Bridge in the 2013 Ashes and match figures of 6-67 in his most recent Test appearance at The Kia Oval this summer.
“I really enjoyed my time at Trent Bridge in 2014 and I can’t wait to come back,” Siddle said.
“Notts have had a strong batting line-up for a long time and – with some young bowlers also coming through – I’m excited by the way the squad is shaping up ahead of the new season.”
Of Siddle’s signing, Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s Director of Cricket, said “Peter brings high quality quick bowling and is a good fellow who fits in well with the team. He will provide leadership to our young bowling attack.
“If you look at the Ashes, he had some success at the Oval and Australia might regret not playing him in some of the earlier matches. He’s very much suited to English conditions and we’re certainly hoping to get the best out of him for the next couple of seasons.”
Siddle is currently with the Australian Test squad for their ongoing series against New Zealand, and will arrive at Trent Bridge at the end of the current Sheffield Shield season.
England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor, currently on tour with the international team, has tweeted his support for the signing of Siddle.
Buzzing to hear that @petersiddle403 has signed again for Notts!! Good to have you back mate! 🙌👊🍌
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) November 10, 2015