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Jackson Bird
Personal information
Full name Jackson Munro Bird
Born 11 December 1986 (1986-12-11) (age 34)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nickname Squid
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 431) 26 December 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 2017 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011/12–present Tasmania
2011/12–2014/15 Melbourne Stars
2015 Hampshire
2015/16–2017/18 Sydney Sixers
2016 Nottinghamshire
2018/19 Melbourne Stars
2019/20–present Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 9 95 34 65
Runs scored 43 1,109 108 75
Batting average 14.33 11.67 10.80 8.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Top score 19* 50 26 14*
Balls bowled 1,934 19,459 1,831 1,311
Wickets 34 394 41 55
Bowling average 30.64 24.53 35.09 30.49
5 wickets in innings 1 17 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 5 0 0
Best bowling 5/59 7/45 6/25 4/31
Catches/stumpings 2/– 47/– 15/– 26/–

Jackson Munro Bird (born 11 December 1986) is an Australian Test cricketer who used to play Test match cricket for Australia. He plays first-class cricket for Tasmania. Bird is a fast-medium bowler. He is originally from Sydney and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview and St Pius X College, Chatswood. Bird left the Manly club to further his career with the Tasmanian Tigers in the 2011–2012 season.

Early career

In March 2012, Bird took a hat-trick against Western Australia at the Bellerive Oval. He finished with match figures of 11/95 and helped Tasmania to a spot in the Sheffield Shield final.

Domestic career

After 10 Sheffield Shield matches, Bird had taken 62 wickets. These came at an average of 17.30 and a strike rate of 36.1 – which was the best in the competition's 120-year history at that point.

Bird does not bowl express pace but his ability to swing the ball both ways has proven very successful in domestic cricket. He plays in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers.

In March 2018, Cricket Australia named Bird in their Sheffield Shield team of the year.

International career

Bird was picked in the Australian Test Squad prior to the 2012 Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at the MCG, while Mitchell Starc was rested. Prior to the commencement of the Test, Bird was presented with a Baggy green, making him the 431st person to play Test Cricket for Australia. Opening the bowling, he took the first wicket of the game removing Dimuth Karunaratne with his tenth delivery and took a total of two wickets in the first innings. Bird took two wickets in the first session of Sri Lanka's second innings. In the following test in Sydney, Bird was named man of the match after taking 7 wickets across two innings. Bird was picked in the Australian One Day squad for the first time on 19 January prior to the match against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In January 2017, Bird played as a substitute fielder in the third Test against Pakistan and took four catches during the match, two in each of Pakstan's innings. This equalled Younis Khan's record of four catches as a substitute fielder in a Test.

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