The Ashes: Jackson Bird joins Australia bowling casualty list

Jackson Bird, who has played three Tests, was not selected for the fifth and final match of the Ashes series at The Oval in south London, with his place taken by Mitchell Starc in a match that started on Wednesday.

updated: August 22, 2013 20:05 IST
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London: Jackson Bird became the latest Australia bowler to leave the Ashes tour of England early when Cricket Australia announced Thursday he was returning home due to a back injury.

"Cricket Australia (CA) advises that Jackson Bird will return home to Australia today to receive further assessment and treatment on a low back injury," a CA statement said.

Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris added: "Jackson has had low back pain over the past week of The Ashes tour and will return to Australia today to begin the process of investigating the source of the pain and rehabilitation."

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