Peter Siddle returning to Somerset for 2023 season


Peter Siddle will return to Somerset for an additional county stint in 2023.

Siddle, the 38-year-old Australian quick bowler, can be accessible from the beginning of the LV= Insurance coverage County Championship season in early April by to the top of July. Throughout that point he will even be accessible for Somerset’s Vitality Blast marketing campaign.

Final 12 months, Siddle claimed 27 first-class wickets for Somerset at a median 23.92 with a better of 6 for 51 in opposition to Surrey. He additionally impressed with the white ball, taking 17 wickets within the Blast at a median of 17.88, together with a finest of three for 10.

A vastly skilled former Australian worldwide who claimed 221 wickets in 67 Checks, Siddle additionally performed a mentoring function to Somerset’s younger bowlers final season.

“I liked my time at Somerset final summer time and when the chance to return happened there was by no means any doubt that I might take it,” Siddle mentioned. “It is a terrific membership with nice individuals and the members and supporters are excellent.

“I used to be made to really feel like part of the household as quickly as I arrived and I am wanting ahead to becoming a member of up with the boys once more in a number of months’ time. Hopefully, I can contribute to Somerset having an enormous summer time in 2023.”

Andy Hurry, Somerset’s director of cricket, described Siddle as “phenomenal for us on and off the sphere final 12 months”.

“His contributions on the pitch and within the dressing room had been of the very highest order,” Hurry added. “He’s a confirmed winner who will contribute considerably on the sphere, and together with his huge expertise will even play an enormous function within the improvement of our aspiring bowlers.

“Throughout his time with us beforehand, he established a wonderful rapport together with his team-mates, the coaches, our employees and our members. He can be a precious addition to our squad this summer time and we stay up for welcoming him again to do what he does finest in a Somerset shirt in 2023.”

Somerset turned Siddle’s fourth county staff when he joined them as an all-format abroad participant final 12 months following earlier spells with Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Essex.

In the meantime, Lancashire have named Keaton Jennings as their new males’s captain after Dane Vilas determined to face down from the function he has held for the previous 4 seasons. Jennings, who has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Lancashire till at the least the top of the 2025 season, was the main run-scorer in Division One final 12 months with 1,233 runs at a median of 72, together with a career-best 318 in opposition to Somerset in Southport.

Vilas, the 37-year-old South African who joined the membership in 2017, will proceed to play as one in every of Lancashire’s abroad gamers for 2023.

“After taking a while out through the winter and having conversations with senior administration on the Membership, I’ve determined to face down as captain of Lancashire Cricket,” Vilas mentioned. “It has been an honour and a privilege to guide this nice county for the previous 4 seasons, however I really feel that the time is now proper to step again from the function and permit Keaton to construct on the very good job which he began throughout final season’s One-Day Cup.”

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