The Australian bowler Peter Siddle has signed for Essex in the Friends Life t20, subject to clearance from Cricket Australia. The 27-year-old is due to make his debut on 13 June against Surrey at the Oval.
Essex's head coach, Paul Grayson, said: "We are delighted to have signed Australia's premier bowler in Test cricket. Australia are looking to keep him fresh for their schedule and for Peter this will be a chance for him to enhance his one-day skills.
"We are all very excited to be bringing in a world-class bowler."