McLaren to join Hampshire in September

County Cricket

South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren has joined English county side Hampshire for the last month of the English domestic season.

McLaren was signed as Hampshire will lose the services of Australia seamer Jackson Bird, who will leave to join up with his Australian domestic side Tasmania.

Hampshire will hope McLaren can help them avoid relegation from Division one of the County Championship as they sit close to the bottom of the table.

McLaren, who has played in two Tests and 54 ODIs for the Proteas, will be available from 1 September.

Hampshire coach Giles White said: "It is an important time and he is a player we know well. We have been looking for someone because we realised Jackson had to go back to Tasmania in September.

"Ryan is an all-rounder and an exciting cricketer. He has four games to help us avoid relegation and hopefully he can have an influence."