Notts suffer loss of Siddle

13 March 2017 10:17:41 EST

Nottinghamshire have been forced to look for a new overseas player for this summer after Peter Siddle was ruled out due to ongoing back problems.

The 32-year-old Australia fast bowler missed the whole of last summer because of injury and is unable to fulfil the second and final year of a two-year contract, much to the disappointment of Notts director of cricket, Mick Newell.

It's disappointing because his competitive character and proven ability would have been a real asset for us.

Mick Newell

He told the county's official website: "I feel for Peter because he's had absolutely no luck in recent years when it comes to injuries.

"We certainly didn't imagine, when we signed him on a two-year contract for 2016 and 2017, that he wouldn't play a single game for us during that time.

"It's disappointing because his competitive character and proven ability would have been a real asset for us."

Another Australian paceman, James Pattinson, is reportedly being lined up as a potential replacement for his compatriot.

Pattinson, whose brother Darren played for Notts and featured in one Test match for England, has also suffered with back problems in recent times, but has still managed to take 70 wickets from 17 Test appearances to date.

Nottinghamshire head into the action this summer looking for an immediate return to County Championship Division One, having suffered something of a shock relegation last year.

They can be backed at 4/6 to win the second division title, with Sussex available at 20/1 and Worcestershire 8/1.

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