BBL: Jackson Bird returns to Sydney Sixers
Jackson Bird (AFP Photo)

Jackson Bird will be turning out for Sydney Sixers during the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. This is the right-arm pacer’s second stint with the Sixers after having associated with them earlier for three seasons.

Bird started his BBL career with Melbourne Stars and was with them for the first four seasons before north to Sixers. He returned to Stars for BBL 08 last season before shifting back.

“I am really excited about coming back to the Sixers,” Bird told Sydney Sixers. “I’ve had three years at the Sixers in the past and didn’t play well so I want to come back and really contribute. Getting back with the guys I have played with before and returning to the SCG is awesome and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Bird, 32, is quite familiar with the Sixers setup having played with or against several of their current players and is looking forward to linking up with the team coach Greg Shipperd.

“The Sixers are a well-rounded team that went close last year. They have a heap of good batters and a different array of bowlers with spinners like Lloyd Pope coming through and then Steve O’Keefe, guys like Sean Abbott and Tom Curran,” Bird said.

He added, “I played with James Vince at Hampshire and he is top class. Josh Philippe hits the ball nearly as cleanly as anyone I have ever played with or against and I am excited about playing with him. Tom Curran is a world class white ball bowler. He’s a different type of bowler than I am and I hope I can pick up some tips from him. I’ve played under Shippy (Shipperd) before and I am looking forward to doing that again and doing it well.”

“I’m a senior player now and I hope I can help with game plans, help with looking at what balls we can bowl to what fields and help younger guys. My advice will be to keep things simple and execute that well.”

Shippered reckons Bird’s experience will help Sixers hunt for their second title after having won the inaugural edition in 2011-12. “Jackson continues to be one of Australia’s very best and respected all form bowlers and we know he will play an integral role in our chase for a title,” Shipperd said.