Sayers replaces Bird in Australia’s squad for tour of South Africa

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Chadd Sayers has returned to the Test squad after being dropped initially

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Chadd Sayers has been added to Australia’s squad for the upcoming four-Test tour of South Africa after fellow pace bowler Jackson Bird was ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury.

Bird sustained the injury while representing Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland, which they lost by 206 runs.

Sayers, who has yet to make his Test debut, was overlooked when the squad was initially announced and expressed his disappointment.

“I guess that’s one of the disappointing things, that I haven’t had a phone call to actually find out why I was left out,” he told 5AA last month as quoted by cricket.com.au. “It would be nice to know.

“I found out on social media so I guess that’s one of the disappointing things.

“I’d like to know where I stand in Cricket Australia’s eyes and where I can get in their side. It’s quite hard to take at the moment. I’m just disappointed and just want some clarity.”

Australia captain Steve Smith admitted that he’s happy to see Sayers back in the side, but added that the loss of Bird is a big blow.

“It’s exciting for Chadd,” Smith was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “It’s kind of a like-for-like bowler. They both stand the seam up nicely and Chadd’s been rewarded for what he’s done in Shield cricket for the last couple of years.

“It’s tough news for him (Bird). He’s a terrific guy to have around the group, he works incredibly hard,” he added. “He’s just a great guy to have on tour with you – a terrific team man. I certainly feel for him that he unfortunately has this injury at this time.”

Australia will travel to South Africa this week, but opening batsman David Warner will follow later as he is currently captaining the Twenty20 team in the T20 tri-series, which also involves England and New Zealand. Australia have already qualified for the final of the tournament after beating New Zealand in the opening game and England in back-to-back games in Hobart and Melbourne.

The four-Test series between South Africa and Australia gets underway on March 1 in Durban.

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