Essex have signed Australians Peter Siddle and Adam Zampa ahead of the 2018 cricket season.
The 33-year-old Siddle has played 62 tests and taken over 200 wickets for Austrailia in his test career, which ended for the Aussie in late 2016. He joins Essex for five County Championship games
On the other hand, Zampa has joined Essex for the side’s T20 Blast tournament, and should Essex make the finals days, the Australian will be available to play.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath commented on Siddle’s arrival to Essex, and told Essex CCC they have lofty ambitions for the pace bowler.
“We are looking forward to him joining us and making a real impact in the opening weeks of the season.”
Siddle has played county cricket before, for Nottinghamshire, but his availability has been scarce due to his international commitments, but he will now have the opportunity to make an impact for five matches.
The Australian has highlighted his excitement at joining Essex when talking to the club: “I’ve enjoyed my previous experiences of County Cricket and can’t wait to get underway at Chelmsford”
The fast bowler will be available for Essex’s games against Yorkshire home and away, Lancashire, Hampshire and Worcestershire (two home games and three away).
Siddle’s international pedigree will be vital for Essex as he bolsters their quick bowling attack that already boasts Jamie Porter, who was outstanding in 2017.
In Kevin Pietersen’s 2014 autobiography ‘KP’, the Ex-England batsman spoke very highly of Siddle, saying: “Siddle bowls with the patience of a robot. Just very tight lines.”
Essex can look forward to a brilliant bowler lighting up Chelmsford this year, with Siddle showing his guile and pinpoint accuracy in leading Essex to County Championship.
Adam Zampa will hopefully add much needed stability to Essex’s bowling attack, with McGrath’s side struggling to recreate their four-day form in the shorter format of the game.
Zampa has played T20 cricket all around the world in tournaments, such as the Big Bash and the IPL, and the 25-year-old can’t wait to add the t20 Blast to his list.
Speaking to Essex CC’s website, the Aussie said: “I’ve always wanted to play county cricket and I’m looking forward to improving my skills in English conditions.”
The Spinner has played 31 ODIs and he has become an integral part of Australia’s white ball plans.
Zampa will hope that he can guide Essex to their first T20 title and take Chelmsford by storm.