Fast bowler Peter Siddle has replaced fellow Australian David Hussey as Nottinghamshire’s overseas player for the 2014 English county season.
The 28-year-old has no international commitments during the English summer so has made himself available for Nottinghamshire’s entire LV= County Championship and 50-over programme but will not feature in Twenty20 matches.
He replaces Hussey at Trent Bridge, who is considering becoming a freelance Twenty20 player after 20 years at Nottinghamshire, and continues a restructuring programme at the county this winter which has included appointing James Taylor as captain of their limited overs sides, while Chris Read and Alex Hales have also agreed new contracts.
“Peter was always our number one target and we’re very pleased to have secured his services,” said Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s Director of Cricket. “He was very keen to join us and everyone that we have spoken to has endorsed him as a player and as a person. He’ll add a lot of quality to our ranks, he’ll be an excellent role model for the younger players in our squad and his wicket-taking ability will lift us.”
Siddle has taken 167 wickets in 46 Tests and is expected to play a leading role in the forthcoming Ashes series, where he will compete against new Nottinghamshire team-mates Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad.
Newell is hopeful his presence will help Nottinghamshire, who only avoided relegation from Division One in the final round of games, win more matches and help put in a challenge for the title next season.
“He has a track record of taking wickets all over the world and I’m hopeful that he can exploit the conditions at Trent Bridge,” said Newell. “Our draws and batting bonus points kept us out of trouble last season but we need to find ways to win more four-day matches and strengthening our seam attack is our best method of doing that.”
The new recruit will lead the attack alongside Andre Adams, leaving Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher, Andy Carter, Ajmal Shahzad, Paul Franks and Jake Ball to compete for the remaining spots.
“I’m hoping that he will bring out the best in the other bowlers as I expect to name Peter and Andre in the side,” added Newell.
“Andre is in his final season with us and we need players to emerge who can take on his role in the side. We want to be in the top three and to get there we need to strengthen but we also need to get more from the players that we already have.”
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