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Nigel Briers, the Leicestershire opener, could miss the first two months of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

John North, an all-rounder, has joined Northamptonshire on a two-month trial.

Colin Stuart, the Guyanese pace bowler, has been called up to replace the injured Curtly Ambrose in the West Indies' 13-man squad for tomorrow's one-day international against the World Cup winners, Sri Lanka.