Auastralian fast bowler Peter Siddle is joining Lancashire County Cricket Club as their overseas player, but only for the first part of the 2015 season.
He will be available to play for the Red Rose from the beginning of the 2015 campaign through until the end of July and will feature primarily in the LV= County Championship.
Since making his international debut in 2008, the 30-year-old has taken almost 200 wickets from 56 Tests at an average of 30.45 and is one of the few international bowlers with a hat-trick to their name – that feat came against England in November 2010 at the Gabba when he dismissed Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in successive deliveries.
Siddle spent a season playing county cricket with Nottinghamshire last year, taking 37 wickets at an average of 31.48.
Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said: “We are delighted to have brought in Peter Siddle to strengthen our bowling attack.
“Peter is a world class bowler with a tremendous pedigree and having him available for such an extended period will give our Championship campaign a real boost.
“He has previous experience of playing in English conditions and I am looking forward to him adding some additional quality to our squad.”
Siddle said: “I enjoyed my time in England last season with Nottinghamshire and when I heard of Lancashire’s interest I had no hesitation in speaking with Ashley.”
Lancashire are hoping that Siddle’s pace can spearhead the county’s return to the top flight after relegation to the second division last season.