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Kleinveldt is Northants target

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 2, 2014

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Rory Kleinveldt dismissed Ian Bell, England v South Africa, 1st semi-final, Champions Trophy, The Oval, June 19, 2013
Rory Kleinveldt is top of Northants' wanted list © Getty Images
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Northamptonshire are hoping to conclude a deal with the South African allrounder Rory Kleinveldt as they attempt to address the ill luck that has dogged them as they prepare for life in the Championship first division.

Northants made Kleinveldt their preferred target after Jackson Bird, the Australia fast bowler, was ruled out due to a back complaint. Bird, who has played three Tests for Australia, has been ordered to rest for four months by Cricket Australia so will was unable to take up a county deal which had already been reduced to six Championship matches.

Kleinveldt has been a key component of the Cape Cobras attack this season, although he has been hampered by calf and knee trouble in the closing stages of the season.

Northants' pace-bowling resources have also been further hit by the likely unavailability of left-armer Willey for the opening match against Durham as he continues to be hindered by the back problem that hampered his winter and forced him out of the England performance programme in Australia.

Alex Wakely, the one-day captain, is expected to miss the entire season after rupturing his Achilles on the pre-season tour of Barbados. He underwent surgery last week. Ron Newton, David Sales and Ben Duckett also have injury concerns.

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Posted by Kirstenfan on (April 2, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Wonder if Rory will lose some weight in the process?

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

A very experienced campaigner, will boost northants

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