Cricket - Bird ready to land at Northants

Northamptonshire have signed Australia paceman Jackson Bird for next season.

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Australia seamer Jackson Bird (PA Sport)

The 26-year-old played has played three Tests, the last of which came at Durham in this summer's Ashes series.

He was then sent home with a suspected stress fracture of the back and although the problem was not as bad as initially feared he has yet to play competitively since.

Bird, who has 109 first-class wickets at an average of 20.77, will be available for 10 LV= County Championship matches and seven Friends Life T20 fixtures.

Northamptonshire had previously announced a raft of contract extensions with senior players and also signed Maurice Chambers and Graeme White to bolster the squad.

Chief executive David Smith said: "The signing of Bird alongside Maurice and Graeme will see the completion of the club's recruitment policy for next season."

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