After impressing during a short period with the club earlier this summer, Australian fast-bowler Peter Siddle will return to Essex later this season, the county announced on Tuesday (June 12).
Siddle played four Championship matches for the current county champions at the start of this season, impressing many with his on-field performances. Siddle took 20 wickets at 16.10, and seamlessly fitted in off the pitch. The Australian was replaced by New Zealand left-arm quick Neil Wagner, himself returning to Essex after two stints last season, but Siddle said he hoped to play for the club again at some point in the future.
That wish has now become reality and Siddle will return to Essex at the start of August. The 33 year-old, who has played 62 Tests for Australia, will be available for eight T20 Blast matches, plus the quarter-finals should Essex qualify, and Championship games against Somerset, Hampshire and Surrey before he returns home to begin the season for Victoria in Australia’s domestic competition.
“I loved my time at the Club earlier in the season, and I can’t wait to get back to Chelmsford and play for the Eagles again,” Siddle said. “It was a little bit of a stop start period with the weather, but I am looking forward to getting a run of games together in both Blast and Championship cricket.
“I have seen first-hand how passionate the Chelmsford crowd is for Championship cricket, and I have heard amazing things about T20 games as well. Hopefully I can bring my experience in both red-ball and white-ball cricket to the team and help continue the good work so far this season.”
With 11 wickets in as many matches and an economy rate of less than six runs an over, Siddle was a key factor in Adelaide Strikers winning the last Big Bash competition in Australia. His experience will add to a strong-looking Essex attack in the Blast which has been boosted this season with the signing over the winter of Matt Coles from Kent and the capture of Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa as a second overseas player.
“Peter made an excellent contribution both on and off the pitch earlier on in the season, and made a brilliant impact on everyone at the club,” Anthony McGrath, Essex’s Head Coach, said. “He not only continued to show how good a bowler he is, and the skills he has, but he also showed what a great person he is, and that is equally important for fitting into the way we work.
“We know he will have an impact with the red-ball, but Sids was also outstanding in the Big Bash for the Adelaide Strikers over the winter, and we hope he can bring those skills to our T20 side during his stay with the club.”
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