Essex has re-signed Peter Siddle for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The 33-year-old sealer has just completed the second of two successful spells at Chelmsford this summer before returning to Australia for.
Siddle claimed 37 fields at 16.40 in his seven championship games, having initially signed up for the first month of the Campaign. He returned in August, after Neil Wagner filled the role overseas in the middle of the season, and took 7 of 70 in the victory over Hampshire, although Essex's hopes of retaining his Division One title ended this week against the leaders. of Surrey. 19659002] Their contributions ensured that the Essex bowls retained the vanguard that led them to win the Championship in 2017, although the batting was not enough this time, leaving the defending champions in the middle of the table. They will expect the presence of Alastair Cook, who will return to the county after international retirement, to further strengthen his challenge next year.
"I have loved my time at the club so far with the players and the staff giving me a great welcome, and I really feel part of the team at Essex," said Siddle. "As a player abroad, I have always committed myself to bring the whole experience and not just to pick up my money and be on my way to the end of a contract."
"There are a lot of talents in this team that are hungry for more success and I am delighted to be able to join them for two more seasons and be part of it. I'm also excited to play along with Cooky, we've had some really good battles in the past and it's going to be fun to play the same side as him against him. "
Essex hopes to have Siddle, who played the last of his 62 tests in November 2016, available during the 2019 season, although there remains the possibility that his mastery of English conditions may tempt Australia to include it in its ash plans.
"We are very happy that Peter has agreed to be with us for two more years, "said Essex head coach Anthony McGrath. We have all seen the qualities he brings to this team and perfectly complements our bowling attack. He has a great experience and the professional attitude he applies every time he goes out is commendable, as well as being a great person to have around the club out of bounds. "
Two players who will not be part of Essex plans 2019 are Ashar Zaidi, the SUV born in Pakistan, and the product of the academy Callum Taylor.Zaidi signed from Sussex in 2016, playing 34 T20, 26 List A and five matches for the Essex Championship, but has not renewed his contract, while Taylor, an ex-U19 from England, starts by not having forced his way to the first team.