County news April 26, 2012

Injury rules out Siddle for Essex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex's plans for their Friends Life t20 campaign have been disrupted by the news that a back problem will prevent Peter Siddle, the Australia fast bowler, from fulfilling his contract as one of their overseas players.

Siddle recently flew home from Australia's tour of West Indies, after playing in the first Test, due to "back stiffness". He had been due to join up with Essex for the FLt20, which begins in June, but they have now been informed that Siddle will require a month of rest before embarking on a rehabilitation programme that will prevent him from turning out in the competition.

"We are very disappointed Peter can't make it to Essex following his injury," Paul Grayson, Essex's head coach, said. "We understand that when we sign any overseas player that there is a risk of an injury or international duty so we now have to look at other options with a Plan B for another overseas bowler."

Essex, who last week secured the services of New Zealand international James Franklin as their second overseas player, will now examine the availability of potential replacements for Siddle.

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • Andrew on April 29, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @clarke501 - cool not really an issue I want to get worked up over & I respect your opinion on this. But the salary cap in the BBL is only $1m, which is meant to go across 14 domestic players & 2 imports. The other point of difference, is the big money spinner - the Champions League is relatively easier to make for an Ozzy side compared to England - I think it is either 1 in 4 for Oz sides & either 1 in 8 or 16 for England. That would mean that a County side will be more inclined to get someone on their books to qualify than Oz. Anyways - Siddle isn't playing & I severely doubt NC-N is being considered. If he was, you'd be getting a gem IMO!

  • Cricinfouser on April 28, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @Meety - Look at the overseas players in the BBL. How many were 'exciting prospects' with no domestic T20 experience to speak of? T20 in England is no different. Of course any player, however experienced, is always looking for new challenges. But counties aren't going to fill the overseas berth with a player who gains more from the experience than the club.

  • Craig on April 28, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @green and gold, you make a great point about the injury history of Clark and to much bowling would only make it worse but my point is that Lyon is not a quality international spinner and should only be picked if the wicket is turning at right angles! Warner and Clark are more then capable of doing the job that Lyon can do. I think he took 4 wickets against India all tail Enders and that record didnt change in the west indies! When is the last time he got a quality batsmen out? Smith, kalis, alma and co will put him to the sword!

  • Guy on April 28, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Chris Sun, I think the main difference with rotating bowlers is the low, slow tracks in the West Indies and the hard work needed to dislodge batsmen under those conditions, versus the relative ease with which the Aussie pacemen ripped through the Indians in Australia. In other words, the difference isn't driven by Clarke wanting to prevent injuries. Whenever the Indians dug in for a while, Clarke used himself, Hussey or Warner to mix things up, but generally he could just rotate the pacemen through and wrap the innings up quickly. By contrast, in the West Indies, the pacemen have not been as threatening, particularly once the shine is off the ball, so he's used Lyon and the part-timers much more (also had the luxury of Watson). I guarantee that if the Aussies return home and their pacemen bowl well, he won't use himself, Warner, Hussey etc that much at all, particularly if Watson if fit.

  • Andrew on April 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    @clarke501 - probably right about Copley (although I don't think is as good as NCN), but at the end of the day, it's about what gets the County a birth in the Champions League (doing well in the Domestic league is incidental)! Historically overseas pro's have taken many different forms, I know Oz players going to County cricket - do so to learn more about their game, which would suggest (IMO), that they are not ready made... yet.

  • Simon on April 27, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    That's good for Siddle, Essex and OZ. Essex will get a better T20 player and hopefully Siddle will be at his best for the SAs. Harris won't get back to back tests again and the Saffers pace attack looks to be the best in the business.

  • Cricinfouser on April 27, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @Meety - Tymal Mills and Reece Topley in particular. I repeat - non capped prospects are not what counties want when signing an overseas pro.

  • Justin on April 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Claydo78 - dont know if i leaving out the main spinner is such a good thing. Plus we have to watch out and not over work players like clarke and watson as they are prone to injurys. Would only play 4 quicks if the track really suited it.

  • Craig on April 27, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    This is great news for Australian cricket, we certainly need a fit and firing siddle at his best against the south Africans! If siddle, hilf, pattinson can bowl as well as they did against India against south Africa we have every chance of knocking them over! If Harris can stay fit for a test series we should drop Lyon and go in with 4 seamers and let Clark bowl spin.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    A great bowler as he may be but the workload may have taken a bit of a toll on him. Because of that Clarke is now using part timers more often, something that we didn't see during the Indian series. It is smart that he is now managing his bowlers to prevent the risk of injury. Pattinson was just unlucky to be injured on his comeback.

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