Australian player Jackson Bird has signed up with Lancashire for the upcoming County Championship season.
Lancashire has officially signed Australian seamer Jackson Bird to be a part of the team in six red-ball matches for the upcoming season. By signing up with the team, Bird will be available for the team’s third game since he is still currently playing for Tasmania in the ongoing Sheffield Shield in Australia.
Talking about being a part of the team, Bird says, ‘I'm really happy to have the opportunity to come over and play for Lancashire. I've felt in good form during this year's Sheffield Shield and hope I can continue this into the English summer and help the Club in the LV= County Championship. I feel as though I have unfinished business in English county cricket, and I am looking forward to showing my best to my new teammates and the Members and supporters at Emirates Old Trafford’.
Bird has already taken 34 wickets in the Test matches that he has played. After having played for Hampshire and Nottinghamshire, the 34-year-old already has a fair share of experience in first-class cricket with 401 first-class wickets to his name.
Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott believes that Bird will be a nice addition to the team after losing some members of the team. He says, ‘Following Graham Onions's retirement at the end of last season, it was important that we were able to add depth to our quick bowling ranks and help to replace his on-field leadership of the attack. Richard Gleeson will be unavailable due to a back injury for the first part of the season, so Jackson will give us another option for those six four-day fixtures’.
‘Jackson's accuracy and ability to swing the ball means that he is an incredibly useful asset to have in English bowling conditions and I am looking forward to seeing him in action for Lancashire this summer’, he added.
Lancashire’s first match for the County Championships in 2021 will be against Sussex on April 8, 2021. To learn more about Lancashire, check out Betwala’s page about the T20 Blast League.
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