Jackson Bird in contention for India tour

Jackson Bird won the man-of-the-match award in his debut Test against Sri Lanka at Sydney © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 7, 2013

After a match winning performance in his debut Test match at Sydney, Australian pacer Jackson Bird could be on his way to India in February for the Test series.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur spoke about the quality of fast bowlers at his disposal and praised Bird who rose to the occasion and delivered in his first two Tests for Australia.

”I think Jackson stood up really well, and it’s really exciting,” he said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

“I remember having this chat somewhere in the South African series, [that] we’ve got such a wealth of bowling talent in Australia and Jackson’s just a reminder of that. He comes in with a man-of-the-match performance in Sydney, bowled really well in Melbourne, so again it’s given us a pool of fast bowlers that we can call on that we know have the ability to play at this level and perform,” he added.

Arthur said he was optimistic Bird would not struggle in sub-continental conditions if given the opportunity by selectors.

”What he does do is he hits a really good length. He’s miserly with his runs and he’s got enough pace, so I think if chosen he’ll go fairly well,” Arthur said.

In two Test matches, Bird has picked up 11 wickets at an average of 16.18 and a strike-rate of 34.36.