The only way is Essex for Siddle
Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle will be Essex’s second overseas player for the Friends Life t20, subject to red tape.
The 27-year-old is set for his first experience of country cricket, providing he gets clearance from Cricket Australia. He would join South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen, whose signing for the first half of the season is itself subject to confirmation from Cricket South Africa.
Siddle’s signature confirms that New Zealand seamer Tim Southee will not return for a second straight season with the Eagles in the FLt20. Siddle is due to join the squad in time for Essex’s first game, with Surrey at the Kia Oval on June 13.
Siddle has become a Test specialist with 114 wickets in 31 games. The last of his 17 one-day and two Twenty20 internationals was in November 2010.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson said: "We are delighted to have signed Australia's premier bowler in Test cricket. Australia are looking to keep him fresh for their schedule and for Peter, this will be a chance for him to enhance his one-day skills.
"With Tim Southee not coming back, it leaves us light in our bowling line-up so it will be good to bring him alongside Graham Napier. We are all very excited to be bringing in a world-class bowler for our FLt20 campaign."