County news March 13, 2017

Pattinson lined up as Notts Siddle replacement

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James Pattinson is expected to replace Peter Siddle as one of Nottinghamshire's overseas players for 2017 © Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Siddle has withdrawn from his Nottinghamshire contract for 2017 due to a persistent back injury. Siddle, 32, has not played since the Hobart Test against South Africa in November, during which he suffered a recurrence of the back problem that had kept him out for much of the previous year.

Notts have been linked with potentially signing Siddle's Victoria team-mate and fellow Australia international James Pattinson, with Mick Newell, the club's director of cricket, hopeful of "quickly securing a replacement".

Siddle, who played for Notts in 2014 and Lancashire the following season, had signed a two-year deal to return to Trent Bridge but was unable to appear in 2016 due to stress fractures in his back. He made a comeback at the start of the 2016-17 season with Victoria and won a Test recall against South Africa before being sidelined once again.

"I guess the years of playing cricket, you always have little setbacks with injury and missing cricket at different stages," Siddle said. "It makes it a little bit easier to take in when you get older. So, I've been able to stay pretty level.

"I don't think I've played this little cricket in an 18-month window since I was an 11-year-old kid and was just starting out. That's the most frustrating thing, not playing the game that you love and your profession. But mentally I'm pretty good. I'm in a good place and I've got some good people around me who give me good support."

Notts have already signed another Australian, Dan Christian, for the NatWest Blast but the arrival of James Pattinson - whose older brother, Darren, played for the county between 2008 and 2012 - would be a significant coup. Pattinson has taken 70 wickets in 17 Tests but missed out on a call-up to Australia's tour of India after Mitchell Starc was ruled out by injury, despite taking a five-wicket haul last week to help put Victoria in the Sheffield Shield final.

Newell said: "I feel for Peter in particular because he's had absolutely no luck in recent years when it comes to injuries. We certainly didn't imagine, when we signed him on a two-year contract for 2016 and 2017, that he wouldn't play a single game for us during that time. It's disappointing because his competitive character and proven ability would have been a real asset for us.

"We never stop monitoring the situation overseas. We're always looking at who is available and who has the kind of quality we need, so we're confident of quickly securing a replacement."

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  • Cameron on March 18, 2017, 4:27 GMT

    @Geoffreysmother - you clearly have little idea. When he has been fit, Pattinson has shown himself to be a wicket taking machine. His strike rate in test cricket is about the same as Malcom Marshall's. I would expect him to dominate for Notts. Together with Broad they will rip through quite a few teams. Bird probably not in the best 7 or 8 quick bowlers in the country. Pattinson quite possibly the best.

  • Peter on March 15, 2017, 3:57 GMT

    Notts did well to get him. His batting also is very under-rated as well, he may surprise a few if he gets the chance. A good team man by all reports & looking forward to seeing how the side goes when they field Pattinson, Broad & Ball together. This will be a huge help in his development.

  • Terry on March 14, 2017, 7:10 GMT

    Disappointing for Siddle but will be good for Pattinson to get some cricket. Siddle's last Ashes Test saw him take 6/67 at The Oval and his non-selection at Trent Bridge was another reason why these selectors should have all gone when R Marsh did.

  • rob on March 14, 2017, 4:29 GMT

    He'll probably end up in India if Cummins breaks down.

  • Chris on March 14, 2017, 1:29 GMT

    Just what Pattinson needs to get a good amount of cricket into his body through the winter.

  • GeoffreysMother on March 14, 2017, 0:29 GMT

    mmm The truth lies somewhere between NRC1979 and Theluckycountry! Patterson is a decent bowler but he isn't a county saviour. However with Broad and Ball both available for Nottinghamshire, April and May could be a torrid time for some other Divi 2 sides. If Theluckycountry is really interested in the state of Australian bowlers in county cricket he should check out the TV archives of Notts v Yorks last year when Bird was the fourth best seamer on the Notts side after Ball, Broad and Gurney and would have not got a game in a Yorkshire side with Willey, Plunkett, Brooks and Patterson. Indeed if Bresnan and Sidebottom had been fit he probably wouldn't have got on the coach. Bird took 2 for 110 at nearly 5 an over in conditions that really should have suited his bowling. Starc and Hazelwood are excellent (in all conditions) and Cummins may be but I think it drops off a bit after that.

  • Mark on March 13, 2017, 22:08 GMT

    So funny from THELUCKYCOUNTRY, he/she actually almost has a point as Div 2 is actually of a much lower standard than Div 1 standard cricket that is right up there as one of the highest in standard in the world. It is a pity Siddle, Hilfenhaus, and Bird in Div 1 cricket didn't have as massive an impact (the former did reasonably well) in Div 1 cricket in their respective stints at Notts as several home grown bowlers have done at Notts in very recent seasons (some who will never play for England either again or ever). But then our batting was so inept last year we deserve what we got.

  • castro6065533 on March 13, 2017, 21:43 GMT

    Pattinson should make a few seasoned County batsman look pretty ordinary here, especially considering the turnip patches that are passed off as pitches in England recently.

  • Jake on March 13, 2017, 21:30 GMT

    211 test wickets at an average of just under 30. Did a lot of the hard yards for the team. Peter Siddle, thanks for the memories. Always enjoyed your fighting spirit.

  • Steve on March 13, 2017, 21:15 GMT

    Guess Siddle will have no choice but to retire. He is like Ishant Sharma of India. They are usually picked due to their fitness, stamina and their ability to bowl any number of overs giving respite to more attacking bowlers in their sides.

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