Bird eager to show off extra yard of pace

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Australia fast bowler Jackson Bird is eager to get on the park against South Africa in the Tests next month, saying he has added a yard of pace to his deliveries.

Bird will look to join Josh Hazlewood, who is rested for the current ODIs in South Africa, in the pace attack, and hope to keep the likes of Joe Mennie, Daniel Worrall, and Chris Tremain out of contention.

Tasmania’s Bird told cricket.com.au: “I feel like the ball is coming out really well.

“I’ve worked on a few technical things with Damien Wright and I feel like I’ve got a yard of pace since probably six months ago, that’s what it feels like.

“I feel like there’s a big bag waiting around the corner for me. Hopefully I can get that in the next couple of games.”

Whether Bird gets a chance to play is another question, with a variety of pacemen waiting in the wings, but he is hopeful of getting a run in Perth.

He added: “There’s lots of good fast bowlers around at the moment.

“I’d like to think I’d be in with a chance to be selected. I feel like I’m bowling well and if I was selected I wouldn’t let the team down.

“I’ve just got to concentrate on the next couple of weeks and hopefully I get the phone call.

“I feel like I’m ready to go and I feel like it’s a good opportunity to make that third seamer position my own.”

The first Test starts on 3 November at the WACA.

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