Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird
Personal information
Full name Jackson Munro Bird
Born (1986-12-11) 11 December 1986
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 431) 26–28 December 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 9-12 August 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011– Tasmania
2011– Melbourne Stars
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 3 23 7 8
Runs scored 7 87 7 0
Batting average 7.00 7.90 7.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 6* 26 –5* 0*
Balls bowled 633 4,614 382 171
Wickets 13 109 8 7
Bowling average 23.30 20.77 34.62 31.57
5 wickets in innings 0 6 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 2 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/41 6/25 3/39 2/26
Catches/stumpings 1/– 10/– 3/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 August 2013

Jackson Munro Bird (born 11 December 1986)[2] is a cricketer who plays Test match cricket for Australia and first class cricket for Tasmania. Bird is a fast bowler. He is originally from Sydney and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview and Saint Pius X College, Chatswood. Bird left the Manly club to further his career with the Tasmanian Tigers in the 2011–2012 season.

In March 2012, Bird took a hat-trick against Western Australia at the Bellerive Oval.[3] He finished with match figures of 11/95 and helped Tasmania to a spot in the Sheffield Shield final.

After 10 Sheffield Shield matches, Bird had taken 62 wickets.[4] These came at an average of 17.30 and a strike rate of 36.1 – which was the best in the competition's 120-year history at that point.

Bird does not bowl express pace but his ability to swing the ball both ways has proven very successful in domestic cricket. He plays in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars.

Bird was picked in the Australian Test Squad prior to the 2012 Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at the MCG, while Mitchell Starc was rested. Prior to the commencement of the Test, Bird was presented with Baggy Green Cap no 431, indicating he is the 431st person to play Test Cricket for Australia.[5] Opening the bowling, he took the first wicket of the game with his tenth delivery, removing Dimuth Karunaratne with two wickets in the first innings.[6] Bird took two wickets in the first session of Sri Lanka's second innings. In the following test in Sydney, Bird was named man of the match after taking 7 wickets across two innings.[7] Bird was picked in the Australian One Day squad for the first time on 19 January prior to the match against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Bird played in his third Test for Australia against England at Durham in August 2013.

References

  1. ^ "Jackson Bird". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jackson Bird". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ Warren, Stu. "Bird puts Tigers in control". Sportal. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Willoughby, James. "Bird is the word". Sportal. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Michael Dodge: Getty Images (2012-12-26). "Cap No 431 Retrieved from ABC Grandstand 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  6. ^ "ABC Grandstand Ist Innings Scorecard Boxing Day Test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  7. ^ "ABC Grandstand 2nd innings scorecard Boxing Day test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
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