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Siddle to join Essex for T20

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February 27, 2012

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Peter Siddle celebrates the dismissal of MS Dhoni, Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day, January 15, 2012
Peter Siddle will join up with Essex for their FLt20 campaign © Getty Images
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Peter Siddle, the Australia fast bowler, will play for Essex during this season's Friends Life t20 competition. He becomes the county's second overseas signing after Alviro Petersen, who is due to arrive at the County Ground, Chelmsford for a two-month stint at the start of April.

Essex were linked with Siddle last season but a deal could not be agreed. Instead, Lonwabo Tsotsobe was brought in for an ill-fated spell, before New Zealand pair Scott Styris and Tim Southee joined for the FLt20. Styris has agreed to play for Sussex in the competition this season, while Southee is likely to be unavailable to due his international commitments.

Siddle has recently been earmarked as a Test specialist by the Cricket Australia selectors, suggesting that he won't be needed for Australia's ODI series against England in June and July. Subject to clearance, he will experience county cricket for the first time on June 13 against Surrey - and may have to decide which side to cheer on two weeks later when the Australians arrive for a 50-over tour match against Essex.

"We are delighted to have signed Australia's premier bowler in Test cricket," Essex head coach Paul Grayson said. "Australia are looking keep him fresh for their schedule and for Peter, this will be a chance for him to enhance his one-day skills.

"With Tim Southee not coming back, it leaves us light in our bowling line-up so it will be good to bring him alongside Graham Napier. We are all very excited to be bringing in a world-class bowler for our FLt20 campaign."

Siddle, who claimed a hat-trick in the first Test of the 2010-11 Ashes, has taken 114 Test wickets at 29.03 since his debut in 2008 but last played limited-overs cricket for Australia in 2010. He was a member of the Melbourne Stars squad for the Big Bash League - although he didn't play a game due his involvement in the Test series against India - and has taken 15 T20 wickets, with an economy of 7.45, in his career.

Essex have reached T20 finals day three times - most recently in 2010, when their decision to bus in Dwayne Bravo as a one-off signing backfired - but despite their reputation as a strong one-day side have never won the competition. Last season they finished sixth in the South Group, with as many wins (seven) as defeats.

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Posted by 512fm on (February 29, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Could've understood if it were for a first class stint, but Siddle is now a test specialist and barely plays any twenty20. Will be interesting to see how he goes.

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

@OhhhMattyMatty - I'd rather judge the 2009 Ashes, he & Hilfy were the leading wicket takers.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (February 27, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Not sure why he is needed given that the new Empire of fast bowlers to rival the Windies in their pomp is being raised in Bonny England. That's right isn't it Matty? Or is that starting to CRUMBLE ? LOL

Posted by correctcall on (February 27, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

While you're there get plenty of practice with the Red Duke in the nets. June 2013 is not far away!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

ipl's loss !! after steyn if i can name the most aggressive bowler presently in the world its siddle !! without any doubt he is the most aggressive bowler who can bowl yorkers consistently and a very great bowler in getting wickets

mcdermott the aus bowling coach has polished siddle frm an raw talent to an best test bowler !!siddle rocks

Posted by OhhhMattyMatty on (February 27, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

How many did England plunder him for in 10-11? Made him look like a county trundler!

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