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Peter Siddle out of County Championship due to personal reasons

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has left the County Championship and his county club Essex to return to Australia due to personal reasons. Siddle said, “I have formed very strong bonds with the members of the county club, so it is upsetting that I have to go home, but hopefully I can come back in the future.” I know I am reaching the end of my career, but I still have some time to play. We will see what happens in the coming months and in the 2022 season. There is still a little more cricket left to play for Essex.

Essex head coach Anthony McGraw said: “Peter is a perfect professional, so obviously it’s disappointing that we’re losing him.” He is a great personality in the dressing room and a leader on the field. His dealings with the young bowlers have been mixed and he has always given support and advice to the youngsters. He has contributed with some important wickets while playing on the field. He is a strong competitor and always gives his 100 per cent but we wish him all the best and hope to see him back in Chelmsford soon.

It is noteworthy that the 36-year-old Siddle has taken 20 wickets in six county championship matches. He was part of Essex’s title win in 2019 but missed the Bob Willis Trophy last year after his contract was postponed to 2021 due to travel restrictions imposed on overseas players due to the coronavirus pandemic.