The Ashes: Jackson Bird ready to 'do the job' for Australia in third Test

Jackson Bird who switched from New South Wales to Tasmania for first-class cricket, had a great debut season in 2011-12. Not only did he collect 53 wickets at 16, he was also named the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. In 21 first-class matches to date, he has amassed 105 wickets at 19.78.

updated: July 28, 2013 11:05 IST
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Jackson Bird is always amongst the wickets as he has proven in his short cricket career till now. That though, has resulted in just the two Test matches for Australia where again he has impressed with 11 wickets at 16.18. He took two more in 14 miserly overs as Australians restricted Sussex to 228/5 on the second day of the tune up to the third Ashes Test.

For Bird though, playing for Australia is the priority but he has no qualms over others like Ryan Harris getting their chances. Talking to the media after Day 2 proceedings, Bird said that players have to be ready to play always.

"They went with Ryan and he did very well," Bird said. "It was probably the right selection. I'm not bitter or anything like that. Ryan is a world-class bowler and he showed that at Lord's. But if you're in the squad you definitely have a chance and you have to prepare before each Test match as if you're going to play.

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