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Aussie paceman Bird out of South Africa tour

AFP  |  Sydney 

Paceman Jackson Bird was Tuesday ruled out of Australia's Test squad for with a hamstring and replaced by fellow speedster Sayers.

Bird pulled his hamstring while bowling in a domestic match in last weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks, opening the door for the uncapped Sayers.

"It's disappointing for Jackson, but it is exciting for at the same time," Australian said.

"It's kind of a like for like sort of bowler, they're pretty similar. They both stand the seam up nicely and Chadd's been rewarded for what he has done in Shield over the last couple of years, which is great."


Sayers was the leading wicket-taker in the Shield last season with 62 victims.

"He's a difficult one (to face)," Smith added. "Because he is so short not many balls go over the stumps, which makes him a pretty handy proposition when the ball is seaming around. I think it is a good selection."

Sayers joins fellow quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, and for the four-Test series which kicks off on March 1.

- (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Sayers,

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 09:55 IST
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