A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Jackson Bird likely to replace Ben Hilfenhaus for India tour, says Mickey Arthur

Bird has already claimed 11 wickets in just two Tests

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has announced that pace bowler Jackson Bird is likely to replace fellow seamer Ben Hilfenhaus for the team’s tour of India after the veteran sustained a side injury during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Arthur noted that he was optimistic about Bird’s chances of picking up wickets in India, even though the pitches have been known to be more of a spinner’s paradise.

The Australia coach added that Bird’s ability to maintain a consistent line and length, while also giving away almost no runs at all, will make him a likely candidate to be picked when the tour gets underway.

Having represented Australia in just two Test matches, Bird has already picked up 11 wickets at an unbelievable average of 16.18 and has also been awarded a Man of the Match award for his seven wickets against Sri Lanka in the final Test in Sydney.

Bird was only called up to the national team very recently after the national selectors were completely blown away by his bowling figures in first-class cricket, where he has taken 98 wickets in 19 matches at a brilliant average of 19.32.

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