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Franklin in, Siddle out at Notts

Nottinghamshire have bolstered their one-day squad with the signing of New Zealand international James Franklin, but paceman Peter Siddle will be returning to Australia in July.

Siddle has been given a notice of recall by Cricket Australia and will return to his home country following Notts' LV= County Championship Division One clash with Lancashire, which starts on Sunday, July 13.

The Australia international has taken 24 wickets in eight appearances in four-day cricket, but he will not be able to complete the campaign, as was first thought when he arrived at Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said: "It’s a reality of signing centrally contracted players that their national boards have control of their availability and we appreciate the reasons behind this decision.

“Peter has been played a big part in some positive team performances in the LV= County Championship.

Peter Siddle, pictured celebrating one of the 24 wickets he has taken in the LV= County Championship, is heading back to Australia“I’d like to thank Peter for his contribution so far this season and have no doubt that he will continue to perform in the remaining time he has as a Nottinghamshire player.”

But Newell has added to his options in the shortest formats with Franklin's arrival.

The 33-year-old, who has played 38 T20 internationals for New Zealand, will be available for the NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup, but will not feature in the Outlaws' game against Derbyshire Falcons this evening.

Newell added: "James has been recommended to us by Stephen Fleming and Andre Adams as a player that fits the bill for us in terms of talent and versatility.

“He’ll bat in the lower middle order for us but he has batted much higher in T20 cricket around the world.

“A player like James gives us lots of options as he can play as one of our three main quick bowlers or take an all-rounder spot so he’s not directly threatening the selection of any particular individual.”

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