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    JACKSON BIRD

    AUSTRALIA

    Full name Jackson Munro Bird

    Born Dec 11, 1986, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Playing role Bowler

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

    PROFILE

    A tall Sydney-born right-handed fast bowler, Jackson Bird is one of the finest talents in Australia currently. Known for his high-arm action and for hitting the pitch the hard, Bird made his first-class debut for Tasmania in 2011.

    Bird is more preferred in the longest format of the game unlike the modern day bowlers. He has played more first-class than the limited-overs formats. As he grabbed over 100 wickets in just about 20 odd matches, the Australian selectors were convinced that he is good enough to represent the country at the highest level and gave him a place in Australia’s Test squad against Sri Lanka as they decided to rest Mitchell Starc.

    Eventually, he made his Test debut at Melbourne against the Islanders in 2012, just over a year from making his first-class debut. He was given the last two Tests in the series and did well picking up 11 wickets overall, including a 4-wicket haul in the last match.

    He was also given a ticket to tour with the side to England for the 2013 Ashes series but did not get opportunities as the likes of Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle were hard to be ignored. However, he made his only appearance at Durham in the 4th Test but failed to grab eyeballs and did not pick up many wickets.

    In the Big Bash League though, he represents the Melbourne Stars since 2012 and has done fairly well. In the 2013/14 edition, he picked up 13 wickets to be the joint-leading wicket-taker for the side.

    BATTING & FIELDING STATS

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
    Tests 9 9 6 43 19* 14.33 141 30.49 0 0 3 1 2 0
    First-class 94 129 34 1109 50 11.67 1933 57.37 0 1 140 16 47 0
    List A 34 17 7 108 26 10.80 117 92.30 0 0 12 1 15 0
    T20s 63 19 10 63 14* 7.00 80 78.75 0 0 1 1 25 0

    BOWLING STATS

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 9 17 1934 1042 34 5/59 7/117 30.64 3.23 56.8 1 1 0
    First-class 94 174 19348 9633 393 7/45 11/95 24.51 2.98 49.2 20 17 5
    List A 34 34 1831 1439 41 6/25 6/25 35.09 4.71 44.6 0 1 0
    T20s 63 62 1263 1616 54 4/31 4/31 29.92 7.67 23.3 1 0 0

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