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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

BAN vs AUS: Pat Cummins backs Jackson Bird to fill Josh Hazlewood void

Pat Cummins says Jackson Bird is ready to fill the void in Australia’s bowling attack left by Josh Hazlewood’s injury in their ongoing Test series against Bangladesh.

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2017 16:20 IST
Jackson Bird last played a Test for Australia in December 2016.
Jackson Bird last played a Test for Australia in December 2016. (Reuters )

Australia’s fast bowling options were dealt a further blow on Tuesday following a side-strain injury to Josh Hazlewood, but Pat Cummins is confident Jackson Bird is ready to step in. (Bangladesh vs Australia Scores)

Hazlewood left the field after bowling the first ball of his second over on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh and has been ruled out of the rest of the series.

(Read | Shakib Al Hasan smashes records in Bangladesh’s historic Test win over Australia)

In his absence, Australia dismissed the hosts for 221 in the second innings but lost the Test by 20 runs.

However, Hazlewood’s departure means Steve Smith’s side now have a big problem with the Ashes only a few months away, the seamer joining Mitchell Starc (foot) and James Pattinson (back) on the sidelines.

Cummins is not worried, though, and says Bird is primed to fill the void in Australia’s bowling attack.

(Read | Steve O’Keefe to replace Josh Hazlewood in Australia side vs Bangladesh)

“He [Hazlewood] is going to be really hard to replace,” said Cummins. “He’s played all but one of the last 30 tests.

“He said it is going to be pretty hard sitting at home watching. He hasn’t done that for three or four years. So he’s a big member around the group.

“I am going to miss having dinner with him every night, but we have got Jackson Bird waiting in the wings, which is great.

“He [Bird] has been bowling beautifully. He’s had some great performances in the past.

“It’s not great about Joshy but we’re lucky that we’ve got such a strong squad over here.”

Bird has eight Test caps to his name since making his debut in 2012 against Sri Lanka, the last of which came in December last year.

First Published: Aug 30, 2017 16:20 IST