An exciting new addition to the Birmingham ranks, having arrived from Northants Steelbacks, Olly will bring a new dimension to the pace-armoury.

Just 23, he bowls with genuine pace and is mustard-keen to make a big impression in all formats for the Bears.

Norwich-born Olly has spent the winter on rehab work following a serious knee injury sustained when celebrating the wicket of Moeen Ali in a championship match last May (that explains his favourite quote below!). He has impressed all at Edgbaston with the diligence and determination he has applied to his rehab and is on course for a full recovery. Then it will be all system go for a young fast-bowler who has been impressing good judges for a long time.

Olly Stone Fact File

OLLY STONE

Role: Fast-bowler

Birmingham Bears squad number: 6

Favourite...

Sports team beyond cricket: Norwich City

Holiday destination: Nerja

Cricket hero: Brett Lee

Quote: "Never celebrate a wicket"