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Could Bird be the difference in the Ashes?

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    Jackson Bird could be the decisive factor in the Ashes and is a must in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

    Bird had his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. In that match he took four wickets and showed why he’d averaged 19 in the shield.

    Bird’s strength is his ability to bowl line and length. This builds pressure on the batsmen and causes loose shots.

    Bird has averaged 19 in his first class career – this stat is a story on it’s own. 19 is in the unbelievable as far as averages go.

    The best bowlers of all time have not had an average of 19. Dennis Lillee averaged 23.46, Imran Khan 22.32, Wasim Akram 21.64 and Glenn McGrath 20.85.

    I know Bird cannot be put with these bowlers yet, but it shows just how amazing his average is.

    If Bird stays injury free he could win Australia the Ashes and become a full time part of the Australian line-up for years to come. Maybe even cement a place as one of the best bowlers in the world.

    My bowling line-up for the first Test, along with Bird, would be:
    Mitchell Starc, for his ability to destroy batting orders when the ball is swinging.
    James Pattinson, for his express pace, aggression and because he is not scared to ruffle some feathers.
    Then, depending on the pitch, James Faulkner or Nathan Lyon.

    I have left Peter Siddle out because he is lacking that x-factor the other bowlers in the side have.

    But because of injury he could feature throughout the tournament.

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    • May 19th 2013 @ 7:46am
      Swampy said | May 19th 2013 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      Yes it would seem a logical decision hence it is most likely the NSP will not pick him…

      Southee, Boult and Anderson all starting well in the NZ Eng test with a noticeably swinging ball.

      Boult really troubling Cook. I would pick a left armer purely on this basis.

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        May 19th 2013 @ 8:07am
        nick richardson said | May 19th 2013 @ 8:07am | ! Report

        Starc or Faulkner?

        • May 19th 2013 @ 12:12pm
          Jayden said | May 19th 2013 @ 12:12pm | ! Report


          If starc isnt taking wickets, he’s conceding runs. All the pressure will be off the English if he isn’t firing.

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            May 19th 2013 @ 12:14pm
            nick richardson said | May 19th 2013 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

            Faulkner is a good left arm bowler, but he doesn’t swing the ball as much as Starc does but is more economical.

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              May 20th 2013 @ 8:55pm
              Ronan O'Connell said | May 20th 2013 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

              Faulkner swings the ball more consistently than Starc and also has the ability to move the ball both ways. But I’d still be picking Starc because he’s 10kmh quicker and gets way more bounce. Why no mention of Harris? He comprehensively outbowled Faulkner and Hilfy in the Shield final on a very flat deck. His new ball spell of 4-8 on the fourth morning was astounding. He also troubled the English batsmen more than any Aussie bowler in his limited appearances in the last Ashes. For me he has to play the first Test to give us a flying start and can then be rested as necessary.

    • May 19th 2013 @ 10:10am
      Genius Selector said | May 19th 2013 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      Yes Bird should Be a walk up start.

    • May 19th 2013 @ 10:28am
      Sideline Commentator said | May 19th 2013 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      I like Bird, and I think English conditions and the Duke ball could be good for him, but I worry about leaving out Siddle. He has so much experience and is the real leader of the Australian attack.

    • May 19th 2013 @ 10:50am
      Timmuh said | May 19th 2013 @ 10:50am | ! Report

      Pattinson, Siddle, Harris are the clear starters for mine, but Bird could easily take a spot with injury, “informed player management” or form. It may be a case of who shows they can best control the Duke in the warm-up games, including Australia A.

      That will be the key to the fast bowling battle. The two sets of quicks are roughly level, I would probably put the English slightly ahead on proven ability, but the English know how to use the Duke. The extra movement should be good for the bowlers, but just like a helpful pitch you need to use the assistance properly.

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        May 19th 2013 @ 11:07am
        nick richardson said | May 19th 2013 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        And i feel like Bird will be the most effective. Harris is good, injuries are going to stop him i feel. Harris is one of the best bowlers but his age and fragile body will stop and i am sorry to say this.

    • May 19th 2013 @ 10:53am
      Disco said | May 19th 2013 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      Oh, dear, the dreaded ‘X-factor’.

    • May 19th 2013 @ 10:56am
      Swampy said | May 19th 2013 @ 10:56am | ! Report

      I’d start with Starc as the leftie – for one test only. Starc has shown he can take a bagful. However he is prone to leak runs (something we can ill afford).

      If in the first test Starc doesn’t get wickets, goes for runs and we lose then I would risk debuting Faulkner.

      Siddle is a battler. Heart of a lion. But it seems he has to bowl 50 overs in a series before he suddenly finds edges and wicket balls.

      Getting the opposition out is not going to be the problem with the bowlers at our disposal – getting them out for a score our batsmen can actually get to will be the issue. I just can’t see Siddle being first or second session multiple wicket taker. It’s all very well getting 4/100 off 38 overs but that probably means the opposition is all out for 400+.

      We need to be into the middle order before the third session otherwise we’ll be up against it batting.

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        May 19th 2013 @ 12:13pm
        nick richardson said | May 19th 2013 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

        Well bowling is probably not our issue, as you said it’s about putting a total they can defend. This is why it essential we also win the toss. Bating first will be such and advantage.

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