Nottinghamshire has signed James Pattinson as an overseas replacement for his fellow Australian seamer Peter Siddle.

Siddle is unable to complete his time at Trent Bridge due to a back injury but Nottinghamshire have managed to secure a high quality replacement. Pattison is a regular on the Australia national team and in his 17 Tests he has achieved 70 wickets at 26.15.

Pattinson, whose older brother Darren fans will remember from his Championship winning efforts for the county and his single Test for England in 2008, will play first-class and 50-over cricket until the end of June.

Head coach Peter Moores said, “As soon as James became available as a replacement, we knew he was a great option. He’s got real pace and he’s very aggressive, which is the way we want to play our cricket. James has the ability to swing the ball, he hits good lengths and he does it all at a good speed. Pace creates opportunities, so he gives us a wicket-taking option in both Championship and 50-over matches. We’ve seen that from him when he’s played international cricket.”

The Nottinghamshire Specsavers County Championship begins against Leicestershire on April 7 and they will be looking to regain their place in the top division after last season’s relegation.

In other news, The Yorkshire Vikings have signed the Australia international batsman Travis Head for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast. He played four Blast matches for the Vikings last season during which he scored 113 runs at a strike rate of 134.52 but his time was cut short when he was called-up for Australia’s One Day International Series in Sri Lanka.

Head has played for Australia 29 times in white-ball cricket since January last year and he has been one of the most explosive players in the Aussie Big Bash.