Bird eyes call-up for Bangladesh tour
Australia fast bowler Jackson Bird is hopeful of getting a call-up for the two-match Test tour in Bangladesh this month.
Bird played only eight Tests since he made his debut in 2012 in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. Out of his eight games, he has scalped 34 wickets including a fifer. He played five matches last year. His last appearance in Tests was against Pakistan in the Boxing Day match.
Australia have already announced a 13-man squad for two Tests against Bangladesh. They are likely to add another member in the squad. Bird hopes that he gets the chance.
“I haven’t really heard much about selection at this stage. I’m assuming they’ll make a decision this week. Fingers crossed I do get the nod. Hopefully selection goes my way, but it’s out of my hands,” Bird said.
Australia currently have a fierceful bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson. Bird admits that it’s tough for him to get a place when they are fit.
“When those guys are fit, I’m definitely behind all those four. I’d like to think that I’m the fifth fast bowler behind those four.
“If you’re not in the side you have to be ready to go at all times in case there is an injury, which there often is with fast bowlers. You’ve just got to make sure that when you do get an opportunity, like I did last summer, you’re ready to go and bowling well.
“With those four bowlers around, it’d pretty hard to get a spot in the final team because they’re four of the best fast bowlers in the world.
“It’s a good thing for Australian cricket to have them all fit and firing at the same time, but probably not a good thing for the other blokes behind them trying to get into the side,” he added.
The first Test will be played from August 27 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur. The second Test will be on September 4 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com