The 38-year-old Australian fast bowler will be available from the start of the LV = Insurance County Championship season from early April to late July. During that time he will also be available for Somerset’s Vitality Blast campaign.
The previous year, Siddle took 27 first-class wickets at 23.92 for Somerset against Surrey, including 6 for 51. He also impressed with the white ball, taking 17 wickets in the Blast at an average of 17.88, including a best of 3 for 10.
A highly experienced former Australian international with 221 wickets in 67 Tests, Siddle played a mentor role for Somerset’s young bowlers last season.
Siddle said, “I enjoyed my time at Somerset last summer and when the opportunity came to go back there was no doubt that I would take it.” “It’s a great club with great people and the members and supporters are excellent.
“I was made to feel a part of the family from the moment I arrived and I look forward to linking up with the boys again in a few months’ time. Hopefully I can contribute to a big summer at Somerset in 2023.” ,
Somerset’s director of cricket, Andy Harrie, described Siddle as “phenomenal for us on and off the field last year”.
Harrie said, “His contribution on the pitch and in the dressing room was of the highest order.” “He is a proven winner who will make a significant contribution on the field, and with his vast experience will also play a big part in the development of our aspiring bowlers.
“During his time with us earlier, he established an excellent rapport with his teammates, coaches, our staff and our members. He will be a valuable addition to our team this summer and we look forward to welcoming him He is at his best in a Somerset shirt in 2023.”
Somerset became Siddle’s fourth county team when he joined them last year as an all-format overseas player after previous spells with Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Essex.