- County Championship
Siddle signs for Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire have pulled off a significant signing after securing Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the entire Championship and one-day campaigns of 2014.
Australia are not scheduled to play any Test cricket during the English season next year so Siddle is inked in for a full season although he will not play Twenty20 cricket.
The opportunity to link up with Ashes adversaries Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will be limited by the pair's England commitments, but Siddle will form a potent attack alongside Andre Adams, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Ajmal Shahzad and Jake Ball which could be especially fierce during April and May.
"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."
Siddle's recruitment marks the latest stage in Nottinghamshire's preparations for the 2014 season which have recently included securing Alex Hales on a new contract, having come to an agreement of IPL participation, and the elevation of James Taylor to the limited-overs captaincy after Chris Read stood down from that aspect of his job.
Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said it was vital for Nottinghamshire to be able to covert draws into victories in the Championship if they wanted to improve on their seventh-placed finish last season which left them batting to avoid relegation
"Peter was always our number one target and we're very pleased to have secured his services," Newell said. "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'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."
"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. 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."