The Ashes build-up: Jackson Bird happy to be a support bowler for Australia

Australia's combination for the first Test against England starting July 10 is not clear yet but Pattinson and Starc seem certainties after fine performance in the first warm-up. This leaves James Faulkner, Siddle, Ryan Harris and Bird to fight for the remaining spot/spots.

updated: July 04, 2013 19:20 IST
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Australian medium-pacer Jackson Bird, who has impressed many in his short international career till now, came up with a brilliant bowling spell of 4/38 on Wednesday to restrict Worcestershire to 246/7 at stumps on Day 2 in a tour match. The English side still trails the Australians, who scored 396/4 (declared), by 150 runs with three wickets in hand.

The 26-year-old Tasmanian was relentless in his attack and even had the scalp of England Test hopeful Nick Compton (79). Bird, who may not be as quick as some of his mates - Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle - depends on his nagging line and length to trouble batsmen. The man himself acknowledges this and is more than happy to play the role of a support bowler.

"I suppose I give them something a little bit different," Bird said after the day's play. "Guys like Starc and Siddle and Patto bowl quite fast, swing the ball a little bit, and I suppose I don't really swing it that much.

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