English counties count cost of Australia Test selection

The selection of Adam Voges and Peter Siddle for the Australia tours to West Indies and England have left Middlesex and Lancashire looking to fill gaps in their squad.

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Adam Voges has forced his way back into the Australia side with a huge weight of runs for Western Australia

Middlesex moved to congratulate Voges on his re-selection to the Australian Test squad, announced early this morning by Cricket Australia.

“All of us at Middlesex are naturally delighted for Adam on his deserved inclusion in the squad, however this does leave us with the difficult problem of needing to find a replacement overseas player for the 2015 season with some immediacy,” they said via a media release.

Voges has enjoyed a stellar winter in the Sheffield Shield for Western Australia and his call up to the Australian squad was no surprise. Middlesex therefore have had a little time to make contingency plans.

“Conversations have been had, a shortlist of suitable players has been drawn up, and in light of this morning’s announcement by Cricket Australia we can now begin to formalise these plans to secure a replacement.” the club added.

Voges will be available to represent Middlesex for the first four LV= County Championship matches of the English domestic season, before he joins up with the Australian Test squad for their tour to the West Indies in June.

Peter Siddle’s (main photo) national recall will affect his availability for Lancashire this summer.

“Although it’s pretty frustrating for us we are over the moon for Peter,” said Ashley Giles, head coach of the Red Rose county. “When you sign an international bowler of his calibre there is always a possibility that this will happen but we are still hopeful that Peter will be available for the start of our LV= County Championship campaign.

“The hunt for a replacement begins now.”

 

James Buttler

James Buttler

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