County news November 13, 2013

Siddle signs for Nottinghamshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire have pulled off a significant signing after securing Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the entire Championship and one-day campaigns on 2014.

Australia are not scheduled to play any Test cricket during the English season next year so Siddle is inked in for a full season although he will not play Twenty20 cricket.

The opportunity to link up with Ashes adversaries Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will be limited by the pair's England commitments, but Siddle will form a potent attack alongside Andre Adams, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Ajmal Shahzad and Jake Ball which could be especially fierce during April and May.

"I've always wanted to spend a season in county cricket and this feels like the right opportunity at a time when Australia have no Test matches scheduled," said Siddle. "Nottinghamshire have an excellent pedigree and they're keen to challenge on all fronts which really appeals to me."

Siddle's recruitment marks the latest stage in Nottinghamshire's preparations for the 2014 season which have recently included securing Alex Hales on a new contract, having come to an agreement of IPL participation, and the elevation of James Taylor to the limited-overs captaincy after Chris Read stood down from that aspect of his job.

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said it was vital for Nottinghamshire to be able to covert draws into victories in the Championship if they wanted to improve on their seventh-placed finish last season which left them batting to avoid relegation

"Peter was always our number one target and we're very pleased to have secured his services," Newell said. "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."

"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. 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."

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  • Mark on November 14, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    @Englishfan, as a Nott's fan I do agree to an extent that we are a county that has recruited but I have always been under the impression that the whole point of the split of division for the CC would cause more player movement. Now regarding Guerney, he was averaging 49 in four day cricket in division 2 at Grace Road. His career average now stands at 36 after two hard year's at Notts. This suggests to me a very good move as he has clearly developed much more at Notts. or would your rather he be playing less regularly at Leics?

  • Paulo on November 14, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ InsideHedge agreed.Their players and previous counties (to my knowledge) Lumb- Yorkshire/Hampshire Hales- Middlesex Taylor- Leics Wessels- Northants Swann- Northants Broad- Leics White- Northants Shazad- Yorkshire/Lancashire Gurney- Leics

  • Guy on November 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    @Mashhood Shabbir, Siddle hasn't played a domestic or international T20 since 22 January 2011. I think that's mostly by preference, to keep himself fresh for real cricket.

  • wayne on November 13, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    I'd love to see more Aussie cricketers playing long-form cricket in the off-season. Seems like it's becoming less common...

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    More than... I mean. Still, very good bowler.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    "Peter Siddle enjoyed regular success during the Ashes series in England"

    He averaged 32. Less than Anderson, Broad, Swann, Harris, or Bresnan.

  • Sanjay on November 13, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    I'm surprised they didn't nick one of Leicestershire's players, that's their usual strategy. Do they actually have anyone that came thru their own ranks?

  • stuart on November 13, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    does he actually bowl for more than one test because he starts well then blows smoke

  • Charlie on November 13, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    So Cyril, which of Notts' potent spin attack might end up with more wickets? And one might think that your suggestion that Read kept the 40-over captaincy a year too long is at odds with their rather successful season in this form of the game. Still, you are at least correct to say this is a strong signing.

  • Cyril on November 13, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    What a signing! I expect him to be top wicket taker, at least top seam bowler. Notts have a very strong squad, anything less than challenging for the title must be seen as failure.

    The appointment of Taylor as limited overs captain, is perhaps a season too late. It would have been ideal to start the 2014 season afresh, with Taylor captain in all formats. The last two seasons I saw Notts, Read's captaincy seemed a little stale.

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