Australian pacer Jackson Bird might not have played too many tests, but the young pacer has already impressed in his limited outings. The pacer, known for his accuracy, began 2016 on a prosperous note as he took a crucial five wicket haul in New Zealand. Just when things were looking right for him, an injury ruled him out of the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
After recovering, Bird in an interview with Cricbuzz stated that his primary ambition was to do well in the upcoming home season. Australia commence their home season with a test series against South Africa. Below, are the excerpts from Bird’s interview.
Desire to be back for Australia in the first test against South Africa?
Absolutely, yes. I suppose there are some injuries around at the moment and I guess there is some doubt who is going to be the third seamer so it’s a good opportunity for anyone playing these games to put their name forward. I feel if selected I’m in a pretty good position. I feel like the ball is coming out nicely but there is a lot of cricket until then.
Altering his style of bowling due to injuries…
Yeah, a little bit. I changed a few technical things but I probably did that mainly four or five years ago and a few changes crept into my action because I was trying to swing the ball too much. It was a pretty easy thing to change and once I did, it worked out pretty well. I’ve been able to keep things consistent the last couple of years. I’m feeling good right now.
Reaction after missing out on Sri Lanka tour?
I knew that I wouldn’t have played in Sri Lanka barring an injury to Mitch Starc or Josh Hazelwood but I was disappointed to see the guys lose the way they did. There isn’t much you can do sitting on the sidelines, so that was probably the disappointing part. In saying that, I still was on the tour which is better than sitting home in freezing Tasmania.
Thoughts on Australia’s woes in the subcontinent…
Our record in the subcontinent hasn’t been good. Talking to some of the old players, they said the wickets they played on in the subcontinent 10-15 years ago were flat and didn’t turn as much until the end of the game. These days the wicket is spinning from day one and we just have to adjust to that.