Fidel Edwards signed up to play for Hampshire as a Kolpak player © Getty Images
Fidel Edwards signed up to play for Hampshire as a Kolpak player © Getty Images

Winchester (England): West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards will join English county side Hampshire earlier than planned after the withdrawal of Australian strike bowler Jackson Bird. Bird to miss county season due to injury

Edwards was set to link up with the club in late July but will now be available for selection for Hampshire’s Twenty20 friendly against Dorset this Monday. The Barbadian pacer, who last played for West Indies in 2012, is replacing Bird whose shoulder injury is worse than expected, reports CMC. Reports say Bird is on his way home from England after being forced to pull out of his contract with Hampshire because of a bulging disc in his neck. Fidel Edwards to play for Hampshire as Kolpak player; ends West Indies career

The 33-year-old Edwards, who played in 55 Tests and 70 limited-overs internationals for the Windies, will be available in all formats. In one of his finest international performances he took six for 92 in the May 2012 Test against England at Lord’s. In March this year, Edwards blew away the Nottinghamshire top and middle order to finish with figures of eight for 40 during a friendly for the Combined Campuses and Colleges.