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Peter Siddle Arrives in Somerset

Somerset’s overseas bowler Peter Siddle landed at the Cooper Associates County Ground fresh off the plane from hotter climes to be greeted by a biting cold morning- a far cry from what he had left behind just a few hours before.

The Australian Test bowler, who will be no stranger to Somerset fans having played here previously for Essex and Australia, said: “It feels pretty cold at the moment, but it’s exciting to be here. Taunton’s a ground I have always enjoyed playing at and I’ve had some good contests against Somerset over the years when I was with Essex.

“I’ve played a tour match for Australia here, when Tres was still playing, so I have got some good memories. Now it will be a good feeling that this is my home ground.

“I know Somerset are a strong county and always competitive in all formats, so hopefully it will be the same this year.

“It’s nice to be here a little bit earlier and I’ve got a week until the first game, so I’ve got plenty of time to acclimatise and I’m ready to go. I’m here until the end of August, so I’ve got five months to hopefully perform well and win some games for the county.”

The Aussie paceman will be joined by his fellow countryman Matt Renshaw about who he said: “I played with him at Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash, so it will nice to have him back on board here. His last stint here was only short but he did a great job and he smacked the ball about the park. Hopefully, he can do the same this year and we can both perform well and help the side to progress.

“I know just how passionate the Somerset fans  are, and in the few games I have played at Taunton it’s been a full house. I’ve been abused and I’ve been cheered.  It’s a great place to play, so I’m looking forward to them coming along and now being a home player and performing for them.

“Hopefully, we can put on a good show, win some games and have a good year and make them happy.”

Interview by Richard Walsh.

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