Northants Cricket are delighted to announce that Jackson Bird, the Australian International seam bowler, has signed a contract for 2014 that will see him play ten LV= County Championship and seven t20 games for the club.
The 26-year-old played in the Ashes test Match at Chester-le-Street this season, taking two wickets in first innings. Jackson has taken 13 Test wickets at an average of 23.3 and 109 wickets at 20.7 in first class cricket.
Chief Executive David Smith said, “The signing of Bird alongside Maurice Chambers and Graeme White will see the completion of the clubs’ recruitment policy for next season.
Steven Crook, David Willey, David Murphy, Kyle Coetzer, Muhammad Azhar Ullah, Rob Newton, Rob Keogh, David Sales and James Kettleborough have all signed new contracts, as the club demonstrates following promotion to Division One, its desire to retain its best players and carefully recruit players that we believe will strengthen the current squad within its cricket playing budget.
The club via its Academy system, has also provided England under 19’s with two Captains in the last 12 months in Ben Duckett and Olly Stone, both of whom are contracted with the club until September 2015.
Following the opening of its new purpose built grass net area, and the significant recent investment into ground facilities, the club now believes it is making real progress towards becoming a County Ground that all members, supporters and players can be really proud of.
Further investment is planned for spectator facilities to include the Ken Turner suite, a new permanent stand to replace the current temporary stand next to the indoor school and a permanent new broadcasting box to replace the current temporary Sky structures that are erected each summer, as well as a replacement surface in our indoor cricket school.
The club has recently been made the ECB Midlands home of disability cricket, and will be looking to be involved in the bidding process for the Women’s World Cup matches to be held in England during 2017.”