|Full name||Aaron Christopher Bird|
28 September 1983 |
Taree, New South Wales, Australia
|Nickname||Birdy, Flu, AA|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Domestic team information|
|2005 –||New South Wales|
Source: ESPN cricinfo, 17 Aug 2009
Bird arrived from Taree, NSW as a 16-year-old to play Sydney Grade Cricket with North Sydney Cricket Club, eventually going on to play First Grade as an 18-year-old. In this time with North Sydney, Bird hit the headlines when he hit former Test batsman Michael Slater injuring the former test star in the process. Bird now plays his cricket with Bankstown Cricket Club, former home of the Waugh brothers.
Bird caused controversy after appearing in a Twenty20 match, in which players wore nicknames on their shirts, with the moniker 'Flu' – a reference to bird flu. He was ordered not to wear the name again, as it upset the sponsors of the tournament, KFC.
In December 2006 Bird was reported for a suspect bowling action but was later cleared by Cricket Australia. In January 2009, his bowling action was again reported. After undergoing analysis at the Australian Institute of Sport biomechanics laboratory in Canberra it was found that for some deliveries his elbow extension exceeded the 15-degree limit, he was subsequently banned by Cricket Australia.
- "Aaron Bird cleared of suspect action". Cricinfo. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
- "Bird ordered for tests on suspect action". Cricinfo. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
- "New South Wales Blues quick Aaron Bird banned for illegal bowling action". Cricinfo. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
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