Peter Siddle has been ruled out of joining Nottinghamshire for the 2017 season due to a persistent back injury.

The unfortunate Australian, who took 37 wickets at 31.48 during his last stint at Trent Bridge in 2014, has now been forced to withdraw from back-to-back county campaigns.

Mick Newell confirmed that he expects to sign a replacement in time for the start of the new season.

“I feel for Peter in particular because he’s had absolutely no luck in recent years when it comes to injuries,” said the Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket.

“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 was, I thought, exactly what our team needed for the new season.

“We never stop monitoring the situation overseas. We’re always looking at who is available and who has the kind of quality we need, so we’re confident of securing a replacement in the coming weeks.”

Cricket Australia confirmed that the Victorian, who has garnered 214 Test wickets from 62 career appearances, **********.

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