Peter Siddle to leave Nottinghamshire early

Siddle's last game for Nottinghamshire will come against Lancashire on July 13

Siddle’s last game for Nottinghamshire will come against Lancashire on July 13

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Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle will not stay with Nottinghamshire for the entire county season after he was recalled by Cricket Australia.

With Siddle playing his final game against Lancashire on July 13, Nottinghamshire have already signed New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin as his replacement.

“Peter has been played a big part in some positive team performances in the LV= County Championship,” Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said. “But it’s a reality of signing centrally contracted players that their national boards have control of their availability and we appreciate the reasons behind this decision. I’d like to thank Peter for his contribution so far this season and have no doubt that he will continue to perform in the remaining time he has as a Nottinghamshire player.”

Speaking about Franklin’s signing, Newell said: “James has been recommended to us by Stephen Fleming and Andre Adams as a player that fits the bill for us in terms of talent and versatility.┬áHe’ll bat in the lower middle order for us but he has batted much higher in T20 cricket around the world. A player like James gives us lots of options as he can play as one of our three main quick bowlers or take an all-rounder spot so he’s not directly threatening the selection of any particular individual.”

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