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Northamptonshire sign Jason Holder for first part of 2019 season

Northamptonshire have announced the signing of West Indies skipper Jason Holder for the first part of 2019 season.

The world's top all-rounder has led West Indies to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-Test series against England.

The 27-year-old will be available for Northants' opening two County Championship matches and their first six One-Day Cup games. Holder is set to lead the West Indies in the World Cup in England later in the season.

Read: CWI president slams ICC's 'crippling' decision to ban Holder

"England is somewhere I've wanted to play for a long time and I'm looking forward to the experience of county cricket and testing myself in the different conditions," Holder, a veteran of 37 Tests, 85 ODIs and eight T20Is, told the county website.

"I'm hopeful from a personal point that it will provide me a good opportunity of acclimatising to English conditions and getting some time in the middle ahead of the World Cup in England."

Holder will arrive in England ahead of the new season to play in Northamptonshire's opening second division County Championship match against Middlesex.

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