Veteran Peter Siddle set to finish career with Victoria

May 10, 2023 11:11 AM AEST | By AAPNEWS
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Peter Siddle will finish his domestic career with Victoria after signing a two-year contract that takes the veteran fast bowler back to where it all began.

Siddle, 38, made his debut for Victoria in 2005 and eventually parlayed his form for his home state into a maiden Test cap in 2008.

The tall right-armer continued to represent Victoria throughout a national team career that yielded 67 Tests and 20 ODIs and culminated in international retirement in 2019.

Siddle joined Tasmania for the 2020/21 season and proved a handy pick-up, being named joint winner of the Ricky Ponting Medal as the Tigers' best cricketer over the summer of 2021-22.

Siddle toyed with retiring from domestic cricket following the most recent summer but will now go around again for at least two more years, by which time he will be 40.

"To have a player of Peter Siddle's calibre and experience returning to support a young fast-bowling group is exciting. He'll be a great mentor for all of them," said Cricket Victoria's head of male cricket David Hussey. 

"Peter is a very passionate Victorian and it's fantastic that he's able to finish his career at home."

The Adelaide Strikers have not yet confirmed whether they will welcome Siddle back for a seventh summer. 

The quick has been in supreme touch for the Strikers in recent times, notably being named captain of the BBL's team of the tournament during the 2021-22 series.

Finalising their contract list, Victoria have rewarded breakout batter Ashley Chandrasinghe for his impressive debut summer by upgrading him from his rookie contract.

Chandrasinghe burst onto the scene with an unbeat 119 on Sheffield Shield debut in October.

Victoria have axed spinner Jon Holland after 14 summers on the contract list and have signed batter Tom Rogers, who replaced the injured Glenn Maxwell on the Melbourne Stars' roster in the most recent BBL.

Victorian squad: Scott Boland, Ashley Chandrasinghe, Xavier Crone, Travis Dean, Sam Elliott, Matt Fotia, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Campbell Kellaway, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron McClure, Jono Merlo, Todd Murphy, Tom O'Donnell, Fergus O'Neill, Wil Parker, Mitch Perry, Will Pucovski, Tom Rogers, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Will Sutherland.


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