Essex confirm Siddle departure

Essex County Cricket Club has confirmed that right-arm fast-medium bowler, Peter Siddle will miss the rest of the 2021 season after returning home to Australia due to personal reasons.

A firm favourite with the Chelmsford crowd, the 36-year-old had taken twenty wickets during Essex’s LV Insurance County Championship campaign and was recently presented with his county cap and 2019 championship winners medal.

Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, Siddle explained: “I’m sad to be leaving Chelmsford early as I love playing for Essex.

“I’ve got some great friends in the dressing room and they’re a great bunch to be around and play cricket with. I’ve built some really strong bonds with the guys, so it’s upsetting that I have to go home, but hopefully in the future, I can come back and play some more cricket for this great Club.

“I know I’m getting to the back end of my career, but I’ve still got some playing time left. We’ll see what happens in the coming months and in the build-up to the 2022 season, but fingers crossed there’s still a little bit more cricket to be played for Essex.”

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Brian Jeeves

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