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Notts snap up Siddle

Nottinghamshire have announced the signing of Australia paceman Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the 2014 campaign.

The 28-year-old, who has been named in the Australia squad for the first Ashes Test next week, will be available for all of Notts' LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup games.

However he will not feature in any of the Outlaws' NatWest T20 fixtures.

“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.”

Director of cricket Mick Newell hopes Siddle can match his performances during the summer's Investec Ashes Series against England, when he took 17 wickets.

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

“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 was excellent over here during the Ashes series. 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.

"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.

“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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