Jackson Bird ruled out of County Championship with bulging disk in his neck

Jackson Bird ruled out of County Championship with bulging disk in his neck


Lancashire consider options to sign another overseas player after Australia seamer is told to rest

Jackson Bird has a bulging disk in his neck and has been ordered to rest for a month, ruling him out of his planned County Championship stint with Lancashire.

Bird, the Australia seamer who has 414 wickets from 99 first-class matches, was due to arrive in England later this month to play in six Championship matches starting at Kent on April 22 but, following a scan, he has been advised to rest for the next four weeks. He played a week ago in Tasmania’s 175-run victory over Western Australia in their last match of the Sheffield Shield season.

Paul Allott, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, said: “We are disappointed to lose Jackson as he would have been a great addition to our side for six LV= County Championship matches this summer. But of course, we understand that his long-term health and fitness must come first, and we all hope to see him back out on a cricket field soon.”

With Richard Gleeson still recovering from the back injury that restricted him to just one first-class appearance last year and James Anderson’s workload expected to be managed carefully by England, it was hoped Bird would add fast-bowling depth to Lancashire’s squad.

Lancashire is now considering its options to sign another overseas player alongside South Africa-born captain Dane Vilas. They have already agreed deals with India’s Shreyas Iyer for the One-Day Cup and Finn Allen of New Zealand for the T20 Blast.

Lancashire’s opening Championship match with Sussex ended in a draw at Old Trafford on Sunday when heavy show wiped out the final day’s play shortly after the lunch break.

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