Northants: Richard Levi signs for T20 and one-day matches

South African opening batsmen Richard Levi has rejoined Northants for the 2014 season.

The limited-overs specialist will play 14 T20 Blast matches and eight One-Day Cup games.

The 26-year-old helped Northants to win last year's Twenty20 competition, scoring 360 runs at an average of 32.7.

Meanwhile, Australian Jackson Bird has signed a revised contract at Northants and will play only the first six County Championship matches this year.

David Ripley is currently drawing up a shortlist of potential overseas players

David Smith Northants chief executive

The new arrangement was agreed with Cricket Australia and allows Jackson to have a pre-season in Australia during July and August.

Jackson's final game for Northants will be against Yorkshire at the end of May.

Northants chief executive David Smith told the club's website  : "The reduced schedule will see the club try and secure a second overseas bowler for a further six LVCC games.

"Our aim is to find someone that will be able to play in both the T20 Blast and County Championship.

"[Head coach] David Ripley is currently drawing up a shortlist of potential overseas players."