Essex put down a marker with Steketee signing

Essex County Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Australian seemer, Mark Steketee for the first six games of their LV= Insurance County Championship campaign.

Currently, Steketee is the leading wicket-taker in this season’s Sheffield Shield, claiming 32 in six games at an average of 17.93.

The 28-year-old made his first-class debut for Queensland in February 2015 and has helped them to two Sheffield Shield titles in the last four seasons.

Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk about joining the club, Steketee enthused: “I’m really pleased to be joining up with Essex for the first half of the LV= Insurance County Championship campaign.

“I’ve always wanted to get over to England to play some County cricket. A lot of my teammates in Australia have had the opportunity to play in the County Championship and all of them only have positive things to say.

“I’ve got big shoes to fill, as I know how much Sids [Peter Siddle] enjoyed playing here and the energy he brought to the team. Hopefully, I’ll be able to match that and help Essex get off to a strong start in 2022.”

Meanwhile, Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, added: “I’m thrilled we’ve managed to secure Mark’s services for the first half of the LV= Insurance County Championship campaign, starting with the fixture against Kent on April 7.

“He’s someone we identified quite a while ago and his numbers for Queensland this year are phenomenal.

“We were keen to bring in another seam bowler to complement our bowling attack and I’ve got no doubt he’ll be a great addition.”

Essex Cricket Chief Executive and Interim Chair, John Stephenson, added: “I’m delighted we’ve managed to get this deal over the line and add Mark to the squad for the first half of the upcoming campaign.

“It’s important that we add quality players to our team that enables us to challenge for the top honours, and we feel Mark will give us the extra flair and depth needed to push for the Championship title.”

Brian Jeeves

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