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Mahmood: Essex move a new beginning

Mahmood in action Credit: PA

Former England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood has signed for Essex.

The Bolton-born paceman was released by former employers Lancashire, his county side for a decade, in September.

The 30-year-old collected eight Test and 26 one-day caps for his country but last featueed in 2009.

Mahmood said: "I am delighted to be joining Essex. Playing at Lancashire was a great experience for me and I thank them for all they did for my cricket. I see this move as a new beginning and can't wait to get started.