Bird shrugs off McGrath comparisons

Sportal Updated January 4, 2013, 2:22 am
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Australia paceman Jackson Bird has talked down comparisons with former great Glenn McGrath, after the Tasmanian dominated day one of the third Test with Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Bird, playing in just his second Test, ended the day with figures of 4-41, as the tourists were bowled out for 294.

His performance has likened comparisons to New South Welshman McGrath, but Bird was humbled by such talk.

"It's always nice to get comparisons to one of the greats of the game," Bird said.

"It's only my second Test match and McGrath took 500 wickets.

"I've got a lot of hard work to do before I can even get close to Glenn, but it's always nice to hear comparisons like that."

Bird was expected to be left out of the team for the series dead rubber, but the selectors opted for a four-pronged paced attack after having a look at the greener than usual SCG pitch.

The 26-year-old enjoyed sharing the workload with the other quicks in Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson.

"Pushing up into that breeze was tough work," Bird said.

"It's pretty hot out there as well, so short spells was definitely good, didn't cook me and I got to bowl at the end and get a couple of late wickets."

Bird wasn't happy with how they bowled in the morning session, but said a talk at lunch time helped them bowl in the right areas and get the most of out of the pitch.

"We probably bowled the right length towards the end of the day when there wasn't much movement," he said.

"In the morning we didn't utilise conditions as much as we should have.

"(We were) a little bit short with the new ball and probably weren't patient enough.

"I thought in the second session we were pretty good.

"Towards the end of the session we built up a bit of pressure and then the last session we built up that pressure and got the wickets."

Australia will look to take advantage of what Bird reckons is now a 'beautiful batting wicket' when they begin their first innings with the bat on Friday morning.

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  1. Jeff02:56pm Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    this guy bird at 26 yoa is almost too old already - he's only got a couple of years left as a bowler at Test level - even more so as he has a huge sprinting Wes Hall-like runup but without any real speed - you can't keep this up for too long especially when you're hitting 30

  2. handsome12:39pm Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    why does he have to be like someone answer that Id love 10 batsmen like Don Bradman

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  3. LEE10:08am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse


  4. Glib09:26am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The true "greats" are at the Olympics every 4 years.

  5. Robert08:39am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    here they go again comparing tadpoles with bigfish! they held on to a hasbeen ponting 10 years to late while he stacked up his bank balance. Now after 1 game they have a new pinup boy. Face it cricket sucks.

  6. Devi08:01am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Really!!! It is toooooo early to start comparing this new comer ( albeit talented ) to Glen McGrath. a) it is so wrong to make comparisons and b) it is insulting to GM who built up his reputation after years of hard work and so insulting as this person has been on the scene for such a short while really. How immature are you to even use the two names in the same sentence!! Let us hope BIRD lives up to the reputation you are mapping out for him... how much pressure are you putting on this young man. Let him have his own style, why does he have to be like someone else!!

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  7. Dan07:49am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    SportalUpdated January 4, 2013, 2:22 am,,,,, You are truly a fool to think Bird can even walk in Pigeon's shadow.




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