Franklin joins Notts CCC as Siddle stay cut short

New Zealand's James Franklin (left) is to join Nottinghamshire.
New Zealand's James Franklin (left) is to join Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire’s Australia international Peter Siddle has been forced to cut short his planned season-long stay at Trent Bridge.

The right-arm paceman, 29 has been given notice of a recall by Cricket Australia.

Siddle, Nottinghamshire’s leading wicket taker in the LV= County Championship, had been expected to feature throughout 2014 in red ball cricket, but his central contract with his national team affords them the right to manage his workload and playing schedule.

“Peter played a big part in some positive team performances in the LV= County Championship,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell, whose side are currently joint top of the table, along with Yorkshire.

“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.”

Siddle will make his final appearance for Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship game against Lancashire, which is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday 16 July.

But Newell has moved to bolster his side’s prospects in limited overs cricket by signing New Zealand international James Franklin.

Injuries to Michael Lumb, Andy Carter and Siddle’s impending departure instigated a search for a dynamic all-rounder with the experienced Kiwi highly thought of by trusted sources.

Franklin will not feature in this evening’s game against Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge, but will be available for seven remaining group matches.

He will also be available to feature in the opening matches of the Outlaws’ Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.

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.

“He’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.”

Franklin has played 31 Tests, 110 One Day Internationals and 38 T20 Internationals for New Zealand.