Nottinghamshire sign Australia star Peter Siddle for 2014 season
Nottinghamshire have signed Australia bowler Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the 2014 season.
Last Updated: 13/11/13 5:55pm
Siddle, 28, is currently preparing for the forthcoming Ashes series in Australia.
The Aussies have no internationals in the next English summer meaning the fast bowler will be available for the whole campaign.
Siddle, who will play in the Championship and 50-over competition but not the Twenty20 tournament, said: "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.
"Nottinghamshire have an excellent pedigree and they're keen to challenge on all fronts which really appeals to me."
He has made 46 appearances in Test cricket and become a reliable member of Michael Clarke's attack, building his reputation on hard work and a hat-trick in the Ashes opener at Brisbane in 2010.
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said: "Peter was always our number one target and we're very pleased to have secured his services.
"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."
Newell believes Siddle's bowling will be ideal for English conditions.
"He was excellent over here during the Ashes series," he said. "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."