Jackson Bird

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Jackson Bird
Personal information
Full nameJackson Munro Bird
Born (1986-12-11) 11 December 1986 (age 34)
Sydney, New South Wales
NicknameSquid[1]
Height1.95[2] m (6 ft 5 in)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 431)26 December 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last Test26 December 2017 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2011/12–presentTasmania
2011/12–2014/15Melbourne Stars
2015Hampshire
2015/16–2017/18Sydney Sixers
2016Nottinghamshire
2018/19Melbourne Stars
2019/20–presentSydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 9 95 34 65
Runs scored 43 1,109 108 75
Batting average 14.33 11.67 10.80 8.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Top score 19* 50 26 14*
Balls bowled 1,934 19,459 1,831 1,311
Wickets 34 394 41 55
Bowling average 30.64 24.53 35.09 30.49
5 wickets in innings 1 17 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 5 0 0
Best bowling 5/59 7/45 6/25 4/31
Catches/stumpings 2/– 47/– 15/– 26/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 January 2021

Jackson Munro Bird (born 11 December 1986)[3] is an Australian Test cricketer who used to play Test match cricket for Australia. He plays first-class cricket for Tasmania. Bird is a fast-medium bowler. He is originally from Sydney and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview and St 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.

In March 2018, Cricket Australia named Bird in their Sheffield Shield team of the year.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

In January 2017, Bird played as a substitute fielder in the third Test against Pakistan and took four catches during the match, two in each of Pakstan's innings. This equalled Younis Khan's record of four catches as a substitute fielder in a Test.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jackson Bird Player Profile". Bigbash.com.au. Archived from the original on 10 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Jackson Bird". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Jackson Bird". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  4. ^ Warren, Stu. "Bird puts Tigers in control". Sportal. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  5. ^ Willoughby, James. "Bird is the word". Sportal. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Our Sheffield Shield team of the year". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ Michael Dodge: Getty Images (26 December 2012). "Cap No 431 Retrieved from ABC Grandstand 28 December 2012". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  8. ^ "ABC Grandstand Ist Innings Scorecard Boxing Day Test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "ABC Grandstand 2nd innings scorecard Boxing Day test 2012. Access date 28 December 2012". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Pakistan in Australia Test Series - 3rd Test Scorecard". espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Talking Points From Day Five of The Sydney Test". news.com.au. Retrieved 8 January 2017.