Jackson Bird: Northants deal ended by back injury

Australia Test bowler Jackson Bird will not play for Northants this season after suffering a recurrence of a back injury.

The 27-year-old was contracted to play in the club's first six County Championship Division One matches.

But he has been told to rest his back for four months.

Jackson Bird factfile

  • Made Test debut v Sri Lanka (December 2012)
  • Took 2-58 and 0-67 against England at Chester-le-Street in 2013 Ashes
  • Took 53 Sheffield Shield wickets for Tasmania in 2011-12
  • Has a degree in business studies

The seamer missed Australia's Test series in South Africa earlier this year, but took six wickets in a first-class match for Tasmania this month.

Northants, promoted from Division Two last season, say they are close to signing a replacement overseas Test bowler for the County Championship and T20 competitions.

The Wantage Road side have suffered a disrupted pre-season, with limited-overs captain Alex Wakely out for the campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon and all-rounder David Willey expected to miss the opening matches with a back complaint.