Jackson Bird celebrating after his success © Getty Images (File Photo)
Jackson Bird celebrating after his success © Getty Images (File Photo)

Australia  pacer Jackson Bird recently revealed his excitement about his inclusion in the national squad after a long. Australia recently announced their Test squad against New Zealand with surprise inclusions as bowler Jackson Bird. Bird last represented Australia in Tests for the last time in the fourth Test of The Ashes 2013 and had bagged a couple of wickets. The pacer made his debut in the year 2012 following a superb domestic season but faded out gradually as he was never called up post the Ashes. Following his recent performance in the Sheffield Shield, the bowler got called up for the side after a long and will be seen in the squad for the two Tests that Australia will play against New Zealand. READ: New Zealand announce 13-man squad for Australia series; Brendon McCullum to lead

Bird, in an interview to cricket.com.au, was quoted saying,”I played a lot of second XI (for New South Wales Blues) without challenging for a spot in the first XI team. At the time I moved down, Trent Copeland had just taken 45 wickets in the Shield season, Pat Cummins had just debuted and was playing Test cricket, like Doug Bollinger was, and Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were coming through.”

“You can only fit 11 players into a team and I’d probably still be playing Premier cricket if I didn’t come down to Tassie.I try to do the same thing over and over again – just try to hit the top of off-stump and challenge their (batsmen) defence,” Bird added.

“If there’s any sort of seam movement that’s the best tactic to have, to get them to play every ball. That’s what I’ve done when I’ve been at my best and my most successful just build pressure. If the ball is consistently seaming around there’s always going to be a ball with a batsman’s name on it. It’s just a matter of being patient and doing the simple things well. Which is what guys like Glenn McGrath did so well in their career.  Obviously, I haven’t had a career anything like his but I’ve tried to model myself on his line and length and his game plan which is just to be patient. The key on seaming wickets is not to go searching for wickets,” the pacer went on to say.

Talking about his experience with Hampshire, Bird revealed, “I got back from England where I bowled a lot of overs and I found myself getting really tired towards the end of the day.”

He also discussed about how he modified his action with the help of Damien Wright, bowling coach of Tasmania.

“It was random how it happened. I came to training one day and the run ups were wet so I could only bowl off a short run.

“The ball was coming out well and my pace was good so Damien Wright, the Tasmania bowling coach, challenged me to try something different and change my run up to see how I went. We went away on a pre-season tour a week later and it only took two sessions before I had it down pat. Wright has played a big part in that helping me get my head around my new run up. It’s been fantastic. I feel like I can get through the crease a lot better, and towards the end of the day I still feel tired if I’ve bowled a lot of overs but I feel I can get through the crease and maintain my pace, which is what I’ve lacked during the back end of a day sometimes.”