Jackson Bird

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Jackson Bird
Personal information
Full name Jackson Munro Bird
Born (1986-12-11) 11 December 1986 (age 30)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nickname Squid[1]
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 431) 26 December 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 2016 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011–present Tasmania (squad no. 22)
2011–2014 Melbourne Stars
2015–present Hampshire (squad no. 22 / 3)
2015–present Sydney Sixers (squad no. 33)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 8 62 20 43
Runs scored 39 531 20 25
Batting average 19.50 10.21 6.66 6.25
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 19* 39 6 14*
Balls bowled 1,754 12,253 1,015 879
Wickets 34 253 19 36
Bowling average 27.47 25.06 43.89 32.33
5 wickets in innings 1 11 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 3 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/59 7/45 3/39 4/31
Catches/stumpings 2/– 23/– 8/– 20/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 19 February 2017

Jackson Munro Bird (born 11 December 1986)[3] 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.

Early career[edit]

In March 2012, Bird took a hat-trick against Western Australia at the Bellerive Oval.[4] He finished with match figures of 11/95 and helped Tasmania to a spot in the Sheffield Shield final.

Domestic career[edit]

After 10 Sheffield Shield matches, Bird had taken 62 wickets.[5] 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 Sydney Sixers.

International career[edit]

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 a Baggy green, making him the 431st person to play Test Cricket for Australia.[6] Opening the bowling, he took the first wicket of the game removing Dimuth Karunaratne with his tenth delivery and took a total of two wickets in the first innings.[7] 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.[8] 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.

On 5-7 January 2017, Jackson Bird played as a substitute fielder (replacing ill Matthew Wade) in 3rd Test against Pakistan and took two catches that dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed in Pakistan's first innings and another two catches that dismissed Yasir Shah and Imran Khan in Pakistan's second innings. Bird's performance equalled Younis Khan's record of four catches as a substitute fielder in a Test. As he was a substitute fielder, those catches do not count towards his personal record.[9][10]

International performance[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 5/59 5  New Zealand Hagley Oval Christchurch New Zealand 2016 Won

Career best performances[edit]

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 5/59 Australia v New Zealand Hagley Oval, Christchurch 2016 [11]


  1. ^ "Jackson Bird Player Profile". Bigbash.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Jackson Bird". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jackson Bird". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ Warren, Stu. "Bird puts Tigers in control". Sportal. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Willoughby, James. "Bird is the word". Sportal. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Michael Dodge: Getty Images (2012-12-26). "Cap No 431 Retrieved from ABC Grandstand 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  7. ^ "ABC Grandstand Ist Innings Scorecard Boxing Day Test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  8. ^ "ABC Grandstand 2nd innings scorecard Boxing Day test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan in Australia Test Series - 3rd Test Scorecard". espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Talking Points From Day Five of The Sydney Test". news.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Australia tour of New Zealand, 2015/16 - New Zealand v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.