Siddle’s Essex return put on ice

RIGHT-ARM FAST-MEDIUM bowler, Peter Siddle, will not be linking up with Essex during the 2020 season after his contract was deferred until the 2021 campaign.

The popular Australian was set to feature in Essex’s Royal London One Day Cup and County Championship fixtures, but with domestic cricket suspended until late May at the earliest, a mutual agreement has been made between the club and player.

Victoria-born Siddle explained to www.essexcricket.org.uk: “It’s a shame I won’t be returning to Chelmsford this year as I was really looking forward to the season with the Eagles, but there are plenty of things more important than cricket going on in the world at the moment.

“In light of the current situation, it makes sense for me to come back over for the 2021 season when hopefully we’re back to normal and playing cricket again.

“It feels like a long way off at the moment, but I’m really excited to see all the boys and play at The Cloudfm County Ground again. Until then, stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones. See you soon.”

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Derek Bowden, added: “The postponed start to the season is going to have an impact on Overseas players in the squad.

“Peter Siddle was scheduled to be arriving in the UK last week, but we have together made the decision to defer his contract to the 2021 season.

“We are constantly reviewing the situation with our other Overseas players in light of when various competitions will commence, together with their own personal safety and ability to travel.

“I’d like to thank Peter and his management for their understanding and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back next year.”

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Brian Jeeves

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