Bird the latest to cross County’s radar

Australia's Jackson Bird has been approached by Northamptonshire

Australia's Jackson Bird has been approached by Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire have made an offer to Australian seamer Jackson Bird to fill their overseas player vacancy.

The Tasmanian made his Test debut in the Boxing Day clash with Sri Lanka in Melbourne and the County want him for the early part of the season before the Ashes series which gets under way in July.

An offer has also been made to South African Rory Kleinveldt and head coach David Ripley is hopeful that he will have some positive news in the next few days.

He said: “I’ve watched Jackson bowl a bit and he bowls a good, English length.

“Both Nick Cook and Rob Bailey umpired him on separate occasions last year when he was here with Austrlia A and they both said that he would be worth keeping an eye on.

“So the seed was sown back then but he hadn’t qualified until he played for Australia.

“We’ve had a discussion with him, as we have with Kleinveldt, so we have a couple of balls up in the air.

“Hopefully something will emerge from all of that in the next week or so.”




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