Australia in India 2012-13 February 25, 2013

Bird flies home with back pain

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The fast bowler Jackson Bird will fly home from Australia's tour of India to have precautionary scans on his back.

Bird played in the first of Australia's two warm-up matches in Chennai and took 0 for 10 from 10 overs against the Indian Board President's XI but was not selected for the first Test. Although he will leave India in the next 24 hours Bird might return to the squad if the scans are clear.

"Jackson has reported some low level back pain and we feel the best course of action to determine the issue is to send him back to Australia for scans," the Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said. "If the scans come back clear then he will return to India to take up his place with the squad."

If Bird is ruled out of the tour Australia will need to decide whether to send another fast bowler to join the squad. It is likely that Bird would have been the fifth bowler in line for a Test call-up on this trip given that the other fast man in the squad, Mitchell Johnson, has had success in India in the past.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Cpt.Meanster on February 27, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in trying out new spinners. They have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. A tour to India is ALWAYS the acid test for spinners cause of the flamboyance and solid technique of Indian batsmen against them. Having said that, England have shown the world that it's not really that hard to get Indian batsmen out once there is consistency in line and length on a helpful wicket. Lyon bowled decently, it's just that MS Dhoni was magnificent. When someone plays such an innings, you can only stand and admire. Even Shane Warne and Murali were taken to cleaners in India; two legends of the game. So if I were Clarke or CA, I would draft in a couple of young spinners from down under and let them loose. Hyderabad won't be like Chennai. It's a different state with different soil content. The quicks will play a big role for the first 3 days at least. Australia have a decent pace attack. They need 2 spinners to back Pattinson, Siddle and Henriques. Sorry, Starc might miss out.

  • pronoysircar on February 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Informed player management? Letting a Bird with a bad back further aggravate his injuries by flying all the way across the Indian Ocean doesn't sound very informed to me. On the topic of his replacement , maybe Australia ought to borrow Onions from England. He sure can make (bats)men cry.

  • on February 27, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @Jayzuz . Thanks for your clarification regarding Starc. It makes a lot of sense. Choice of Johnson might work.

  • on February 27, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Landl47 I don´t mind your team at all! I would have Maxwell for Khawaja though. I don´t think Usman is going to be able to ever get on top of the bowling here, if he was a chance to bat in the top 3 than maybe, but down at 6/7 i´d rather have Maxwell who can attack and also bowls, a far better fielder too. He could be a real handful out of the rough as he at least gives the ball a good rip.

  • Apocalypse_EX on February 27, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Pretty sure they won't send a spinner back to India instead of Bird. When asked by journalists about the possibility this is what Clarke said "Bring more spinners to India? We'll bring the whole country in soon! Warney's is in town. We'll see, if he's available! I mean, we already have 17 players!". In all probability Bird will "fly" back.

  • RJHB on February 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    From bad to worse. A very disappointing result after an extremely disappointing first test effort for the team. At this stage greentops in England are looking like paradise compared to these Indian travesties. ATleast our bowlers will be a handful for the Poms even if our weak as hell batting lineup is out for 150 every time! Lets just hope Bird is part of the action cos he'd do very very well in the old dart!

  • Jayzuz on February 27, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta, One of Starc's main assets is the incredible bounce he gets off the wicket - and that has been completely nullified by the pitch curators in India. That leaves him with the swinging yorker. But with no grass on the track, that gives him about 3 overs before the shine is erased. He'll need to develop other variations in India, as his main tools won't work there. Johnson may well be better, as he has a lower action, and skids it on more. The ball will just sit up here for Starc. And I can't see the curators at any other ground preparing anything but the driest, most grassless tracks imaginable. They play by different standards in India.

  • Frank_Curry on February 26, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Our spinners who have been tried at test level are at best, average - Krejza, Doherty, Hauritz, Beer, Lyon. The ones yet tried are Boyce, Zampa, O'Keefe, Agar, Holland and Maxwell. We took a punt on Lyon and I don't believe there will be a long-term return from our investment. It's time to take another punt as we did with Warne and expect a new spinner to be smacked around a bit until he gains his feet. For this reason, I would go with Boyce or Zampa.

  • landl47 on February 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Unless Australia completely changes the selection policy, there was no place for Bird anyway. His usefulness would be in keeping an end tight (0-10 in 10 overs in his only match) while the spinners take a rest. If the policy remains blast out the Indian barsmen, then what is needed is Mitch Johnson. He comes in, Henriques becomes the third seamer and Aus plays another batsman. That makes the line-up something like Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon. I'm not sure if that line-up can take 20 wickets, but the batting becomes longer and at least the two specialist pacemen are genuinely fast and dangerous.

    I hope Bird is OK and fit for the Ashes. @gsingh7: nobody is casting aspersions on Indian medical treatment. Top sportsmen go to the place which they feel is the best for their particular situation. Stuart Broad got his custom boots in Germany and Bresnan went to America for surgery. That's how it is these days.

  • InsideHedge on February 26, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    It's obvious he will NOT be returning, they want him fully fit and available for the Ashes. Even if fit, he is unlikely to be very effective in India where he has zero experience. Aussies would be smart to fly in a spinner who can bat a bit too, and fields well. Some have mentioned Agar, he'll be taken to the cleaners, it needs to be someone who has some experience.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 27, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in trying out new spinners. They have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. A tour to India is ALWAYS the acid test for spinners cause of the flamboyance and solid technique of Indian batsmen against them. Having said that, England have shown the world that it's not really that hard to get Indian batsmen out once there is consistency in line and length on a helpful wicket. Lyon bowled decently, it's just that MS Dhoni was magnificent. When someone plays such an innings, you can only stand and admire. Even Shane Warne and Murali were taken to cleaners in India; two legends of the game. So if I were Clarke or CA, I would draft in a couple of young spinners from down under and let them loose. Hyderabad won't be like Chennai. It's a different state with different soil content. The quicks will play a big role for the first 3 days at least. Australia have a decent pace attack. They need 2 spinners to back Pattinson, Siddle and Henriques. Sorry, Starc might miss out.

  • pronoysircar on February 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Informed player management? Letting a Bird with a bad back further aggravate his injuries by flying all the way across the Indian Ocean doesn't sound very informed to me. On the topic of his replacement , maybe Australia ought to borrow Onions from England. He sure can make (bats)men cry.

  • on February 27, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @Jayzuz . Thanks for your clarification regarding Starc. It makes a lot of sense. Choice of Johnson might work.

  • on February 27, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Landl47 I don´t mind your team at all! I would have Maxwell for Khawaja though. I don´t think Usman is going to be able to ever get on top of the bowling here, if he was a chance to bat in the top 3 than maybe, but down at 6/7 i´d rather have Maxwell who can attack and also bowls, a far better fielder too. He could be a real handful out of the rough as he at least gives the ball a good rip.

  • Apocalypse_EX on February 27, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Pretty sure they won't send a spinner back to India instead of Bird. When asked by journalists about the possibility this is what Clarke said "Bring more spinners to India? We'll bring the whole country in soon! Warney's is in town. We'll see, if he's available! I mean, we already have 17 players!". In all probability Bird will "fly" back.

  • RJHB on February 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    From bad to worse. A very disappointing result after an extremely disappointing first test effort for the team. At this stage greentops in England are looking like paradise compared to these Indian travesties. ATleast our bowlers will be a handful for the Poms even if our weak as hell batting lineup is out for 150 every time! Lets just hope Bird is part of the action cos he'd do very very well in the old dart!

  • Jayzuz on February 27, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta, One of Starc's main assets is the incredible bounce he gets off the wicket - and that has been completely nullified by the pitch curators in India. That leaves him with the swinging yorker. But with no grass on the track, that gives him about 3 overs before the shine is erased. He'll need to develop other variations in India, as his main tools won't work there. Johnson may well be better, as he has a lower action, and skids it on more. The ball will just sit up here for Starc. And I can't see the curators at any other ground preparing anything but the driest, most grassless tracks imaginable. They play by different standards in India.

  • Frank_Curry on February 26, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Our spinners who have been tried at test level are at best, average - Krejza, Doherty, Hauritz, Beer, Lyon. The ones yet tried are Boyce, Zampa, O'Keefe, Agar, Holland and Maxwell. We took a punt on Lyon and I don't believe there will be a long-term return from our investment. It's time to take another punt as we did with Warne and expect a new spinner to be smacked around a bit until he gains his feet. For this reason, I would go with Boyce or Zampa.

  • landl47 on February 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Unless Australia completely changes the selection policy, there was no place for Bird anyway. His usefulness would be in keeping an end tight (0-10 in 10 overs in his only match) while the spinners take a rest. If the policy remains blast out the Indian barsmen, then what is needed is Mitch Johnson. He comes in, Henriques becomes the third seamer and Aus plays another batsman. That makes the line-up something like Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques, Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon. I'm not sure if that line-up can take 20 wickets, but the batting becomes longer and at least the two specialist pacemen are genuinely fast and dangerous.

    I hope Bird is OK and fit for the Ashes. @gsingh7: nobody is casting aspersions on Indian medical treatment. Top sportsmen go to the place which they feel is the best for their particular situation. Stuart Broad got his custom boots in Germany and Bresnan went to America for surgery. That's how it is these days.

  • InsideHedge on February 26, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    It's obvious he will NOT be returning, they want him fully fit and available for the Ashes. Even if fit, he is unlikely to be very effective in India where he has zero experience. Aussies would be smart to fly in a spinner who can bat a bit too, and fields well. Some have mentioned Agar, he'll be taken to the cleaners, it needs to be someone who has some experience.

  • on February 26, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Any news on Bird? Is he flying back? What happened to Starc? I was expecting him to be the best of the Oz pace pack. Also, Siddle wasn't as good as he was during his last trip to India? I won't be surprised if Oz replace the new Mitchell with the old Mitchell and also fiddle with Siddle's presence in the playing XI.

    In the spin dept, if you guys let Lyon alone roar, it will wear him down by the end of the series. I had been commenting even before the Oz team left their shores that DoHerty's addition Do Hurt Indians! Oz fans' argument was that DoHerty didn't do well in the Oz domestic cricket. Those are the OZ pitches. This is India! Pitches will typically be Indian. Try him out at least in the next match, in place of one of the three seamers.

  • Mitch1066 on February 26, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Oh dear that shame hope he but fit so can feature in ashes later this years as I've not had pleasure to see him bowl . Hope he comes back stronger as I want strongest Australian team coming to England so if we can win there be no complaints .

  • premendrasinghal on February 26, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Can't it be done in India.

  • gsingh7 on February 26, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I'm surprised that Bird has to fly all the way to Australia only for a scan. It at all, the flight journey is only going to make it worse. so true, india is one of best nation in radio diagnosis and medical tourism. largest number of doctors in the world are indian so why bird need to fly home, that too for a scan which takes 2 minutes?? nothing is hidden here, they need spinner in india seeing lyon's double century ,hope new spinner does better than 200+ lyon

  • Frank_Curry on February 26, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Slightly biased team disco_bob : NSW,NSW,EX-NSW,NSW,EX-NSW,NSW,NSW,WA,TAS,SA,NSW

    That's 6 current and 2 recently departed New South Welshmen. Sure you don't want Copeland, Maddinson, Bollinger and Abbot in the side too?

  • Gordo85 on February 26, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    If you drop Wade from the squad then you may as well go and drop Bradman or should I say Phil Hughes. Lets be frank here it isn't just one player it is a team sport.

  • heathrf1974 on February 26, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    This is a blow for Australia. Bird and Pattinson would have made a fine combination. I hope O'Keefe comes over to India.

  • Sautrik on February 26, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    please tell me that pun in the title of this article was intended...

  • 3009 on February 26, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Let's welcome Agar / ( any other spinner ). :P

  • Jayzuz on February 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover, if we said we had a spin bowler with an average of 33 and a strike rate of 71, would you bring him out? Well, that's what England did when they brought out Panesar. Steve O'Keefe averages 27 and has a strike rate of 66. Would that be good enough? Even Lyon has better test stats than Panesar. Don't be too quick to judge.

  • on February 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    An expensive scan, this is.

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 26, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    When their best spin bolwer (lyon) got such a treatment, what chance would their second and third best spinners have? If, instead of Lyon, there was a pace bowler who had dried up the runs, Dhoni's partnership would have taken a different shape altogether. Aus have first hand experience of playing mediocre spinners in India (White as spinner, remember?) - couldn't win a single test. If there is a spinner worth a place in the XI, he would already be there in their original squad.

  • disco_bob on February 26, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Henriques, Haddin (fly him in with SoK), Johnson (Patto will break down), Doherty, Lyon, Okeefe

  • Deep_Biswas on February 26, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    This is a tactics, Australia will replace him with a spinner or a batsman maybe.They have seen that pace bowlers are not going to be effective here. Lets see what happens.

  • Leggie on February 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    India has excellent medical facilities - so much so that we're beginning to see a newly coined phrase "Medical Tourism" become popular. Given this, I'm surprised that Bird has to fly all the way to Australia only for a scan. It at all, the flight journey is only going to make it worse. Is it a ploy to get another spinner fly-in from Australia??

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 26, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    We were all waiting for the opportunity but finally it has come: "Bird flies home". We have been waiting for it to happen ever since he made his test debut but finally the pun has come. Congratulations, Cricinfo, on using the pun without a hint of joking associated to it, making it all the funnier.

  • mattbalmer on February 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    If he doesnt go back, i wouldn't be surprised to see Agar/Beer or O'Keefe sent over.

  • on February 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    they already have xavier doherty as another spinning option .but if they want to make an impact they have to expect their fast bowlers other than pattinson to perform . cz lyon also did quite well . i think aus wil come hard at india in the rest of the matches ..

  • Sriram1113 on February 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    All Aussies need is another spin, may be Bird goes back sending another spinner for Indian tracks

  • on February 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    And yet ANOTHER Australian fats bowler breaking down because he does not ball near enough!!. Stop this resting garbage!!

  • guptahitesh4u on February 26, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Come one guys...everyone knows that this has nothing to do with injury but the aussie mgmt wants to send an additional spinner to join the team in India...

  • Team_NJ on February 26, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Bird flies even after having back pain ! Inspiring !

  • kohomban on February 26, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Chadd Sayers,Joe Mennie should include there team .they want swing bowlers.Australian's batsmen should play aggressive.

  • disco_bob on February 26, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Excellent move by Bird after seeing the track he is likely to be playing on and with no spin support to create pressure, he does not want his Test career ruined before it begins. Spend the flight money on S'OK and send Bird for a rubdown. He might change his mind is So'K performs.

    If Bird can get injured two weeks after a warm up match I'm afraid he must be a featherweight bowler, certainly he was seeded to play later. However he should not budge with regards to playing, which is a very cagey move. Er that's it from the pun dept.

  • MelbourneMiracle on February 26, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    One of the funniest titles I saw recently "Bird flies home with back pain" :D

  • on February 26, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    This sounds so stupid. With all medical facilities available in India, why send a guy on a 10+ hour flight to and fro which will only aggravate the back pain.

  • Jayzuz on February 26, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Hmm... there could be just be teeny weeny chance that this is not quite the whole truth. An excuse to fly in another spinner? I have no problem with Maxwell as a short format player, but he shouldn't be anywhere near a test team, especially not in India. Unlike Henriques, he doesn't have significant first-class form this season. I suspect the admin have been shocked at just how dead this Chenai surface has been. It seems that after the loss to the English, the Indian admin have caved into Dhoni's power games, and just gone the whole hog with the doctoring thing. Indians getting annoyed by such comments need to admit what is happening here. You can't do this to such an extreme degree and not expect opposition fans and teams to get annoyed. These are not standard Indian conditions. Do Indian quicks average 300+ in the domestic comp? B/C so far on this tour they are averaging 367 runs a wicket vs AUS. I rest my case.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 26, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    It might pay to send over O'Keefe. His bowling average and strike rate are way better than Monty Panesar's, who came in for the second test for the English - and whom the English suddenly seem to think is a world beater after a run of three decent tests - when he's already on the wrong side of 30.

  • Meety on February 26, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist on (February 25, 2013, 21:20 GMT) - would be good, but they'll almost certainly send another pacer. The only thing that may stop them, is the fact that our pace attack didn't create the problems originally envisaged! == == == Terrible news. I would ike to put Copeland up for Bird's replacement. Bowls his heart out all day & hard to get away, & could be a real danger man if the pitches have any variable bounce!

  • on February 26, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Glad to see similar lineups to the one I posted before 1st test here, and also seeing Johnson's name here, he's as fast as any bowler in Aus, and he hits the deck, and I reckon, butnot sure, that's what quicks have to do in india, and apparently he averaged 37 or so last time he came to india and got a few wickets... what's up with starc? has he got issues at the moment? Sucks about Bird, he was looking good to replace siddle. id have Henriques, OKeefe, Pattinson, Johnson and Bird/Agar/dart-thrower in the next game, Id also replace one of the failing batsmen, Cowan/Hughes with Steve Smith - im sure there's better batters available, but he's in India, in good form, and has played in India before, so deffo give him a run, obviously replace Wade with Haddin or Paine, Id Keep Warner and Watson as Openers, though, and replace Cowan and Hughes at 3 and 4, 4 for S-Smith, and 3 for maybe Khawaja - if he can play spin, or maybe another right hander.

  • crh8971 on February 26, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Can't believe some of the suggestions here. Tim Paine might have had a great tour to India in 2010 but he was in form before he was picked. This Shield season he is averaging 18 with no 50's or 100's. Wade is averaging 38 in tests and made a hundred in his most recent test before this one. He also let through one less bye in a score of 572 than Dohni has in 232. This is a function of a pitch of this type. The real problem is that at the moment only Warner and Clarke are solid in the top 6. Cowan keeps wasting starts, Watson averages 27 in tests for over two years, Hughes gives every indication he cannot play spin. Henriques has made an admirable debut with good runs under pressure. A second decent spinner would also come n handy. Like most I think that should be O'Keefe and not Doherty.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 26, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    That's such a pity as I had Bird playing in the 2nd test. Should they call up Alistair McDermott? Or Clint McKay? Pity that Pat Cummins and Ryan Harris are unfit or else they would surely be in the market. I wonder if the selectors will sneak in the selection of a spinner - Steven O'Keefe that everyone is talking about or even Ashton Agar, who had moderate success in the warm ups and did magnificently well (all round effort) in his last FC game.

  • MinusZero on February 26, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    One wonders if any of you keyboard jockeys have bothered to look at Ferguson's very average first class record. You can seriously think he should be selected. His first class average is only 35. Where have all the good batsmen gone? Alex Doolan or Chris Rogers have both performed better in the current shield season than Ferguson

  • rabsmarshall on February 25, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    So the Bird has flown the coup already. LOL. why are these bowlers getting so many injuries? is no one looking at the cause for these injuries? replace the top order! how come there is no rotation order for batsman? its the batsman who are at fault here. they might have a nice strike rate, but only make 40-50 runs.

  • mux164 on February 25, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    i was just thinking they need callum fergusan over there as he and clarke are the best players of spin,

  • Chris_P on February 25, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Well this is disappointing as Bird was one bowler who could have performed admirably in a containing role as well as worrying batsmen with his slight movement & bounce, a build similar to McGrath & action that seemed easy. I think the questioning of medical facilities in India is a little of course. Of course there are plenty, but for specialised ones for limbs backs etc, there are many in Australia, in fact other nations' cricketers use them. Shakib has returned to BD after a recent operation & even Sachin came down under for treatment. When there is an injury with limbs, backs etc, you want the best looking at them. Agree with the headline, gold!

  • hycIass on February 25, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    @DrDamo and LillianThomas i echo your words guys, Khawaja is a must for the second test. And i need to ask the question: why wasn't the best spinner(and a handy batsman) in the country not picked? Hauritz There are so many frailties in the batting lineup when the 1st wicket falls which is why we need to strengthen it with Khawaja.

  • SevereCritic on February 25, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Smart decision. Take some rest and get ready for the Ashes. The current crop of pacers touring India will get weather-beaten, trashed and burnt out. Touring India as a pacer is a thankless job. There will be better opportunity at the Ashes. Good career move.

  • VivGilchrist on February 25, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    I know it's been said but this is the opportunity for the selectors to re neg on there stubbornness and send OKeefe. I'm not saying he will cause miracles but he does average 27 in Oz conditions, turns it away from the right hander, and be a more than handy no8. MJ at 9 for Starc, Clarke bats 4. Hughes looking terrible atm so Usman may get a look. MJ, Patto, Moises, OKeefe, and Lyon for 2nd Test.

  • on February 25, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    i think they have gone about this all wrong hughes n wade cant play spin ferguson and paine can! also how is o'keefe or zampa over there?

  • PACERONE on February 25, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    If the scan is okay then he will return to India. Is that without curing the injury or will he get care in Australia? If the problem is not serious,then why was he sent back to Australis to get a scan? Maybe they have the special cure in Australia.

  • Beertjie on February 25, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Solution to Aus spinning woes: Grant Fawad Ahmed a passport immediately. He doesn't need to get acclimatised!

  • on February 25, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    REally strange Peter Forrest, Callum Fergusson were in line to replace Ponting and Hussey if they retired when India toured Australia and got 4-Nil thrashing....howcome others have overtaken thses guys ..feeling sad for Rob Quiney...he was exposed to steyn and co...only to give ordinary Huges a longer run in test team...even Marcus North was better...if he was in he scored a hundred thats a different thing that he was in only 5 times during his 3-35 inning test career... ..My team would be Chris Rogers, Rob Quiney, Michael Clark, Peter Forrest, Callum Ferguson, George Bailey, Tim Paine, Holland, Johnson, Pattinson, a bulk bowler like Hazlewood/Peter George with sedate medium pace........this team is test class unlike ODI and T20 players that r doing the duties in present Aussie test set up....really strange.....

  • blink182alex on February 25, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Yeah that makes sense, send home everyone but Pattinson, Clarke and Henriques, all the others are rubbish and have not contributed at all to our poor record of 1 loss in the last 13 tests we've played. Replace them all with state players who have had no preparation in the conditions. Yeah that'll work! idiots.

  • DrDamo on February 25, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    My Australian team for the second test: Watson, Warner, Khawaja, Clarke, Ferguson, Henriques, Haddin, O'Keefe, Hauritz, Pattinson, Starc (12th man Johnson)

  • on February 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Guess! Bird will be replaced by a Spinner, so that Oz can try to turn out things in India

  • QingdaoXI on February 25, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Time to recall Tim Paine either than aged Haddin instead of this wayard Wade. Time Paine tour India with Australia in 2010 in 2 tests series in that he scored 183 runs with average of 45.75, 2 50+ scores with highest of 92 and also held 5 catshes in all, still Australai brought Wade on this tour????

  • QingdaoXI on February 25, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Send back home Warner Watson Cowan, Siddle and Wade. And Call Tim paine he can open too he was good in last trip to India in 2010. Call Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Adam Voges and SOKeefe. So for next match Australia should play with this team. T.Paine, S.Marsh, U. Khawaja, M. Clarke, G. Bailey, A. Voges, M. Henriques, M. Johnson, J. Pattinson, S. Keefe, X. Doherty/N. Lyon.

  • on February 25, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Aussies should send home watson, Warner, hughes and cowan and bring in Cosgrove, Fergusson ,Baileyand pomersbach. they are all good players of spin and are perfectly capable of playing an attacking game. When did we last see a aussie side with top 4 averaging under 39. Juxtapose this to 70's, 80's ,90's and 2000. there was marsh-boon-jones and Border, then taylor-slater ,M waugh and S waugh, then hayden Langer-Ponting-Martyn in late 90s , early 2000's, Mid 2000 Hayden-Katich-Ponting- Hussey and clarke. now that bits and pieces players like watson, Warner, Hughes who are all good for limited overs cricket where the skills are not tested cannot be asked to be slotted @ top. Any top teams like SA, England have their top batsmen play @1,2,3,4. Serious batting starts at 5 for australlia and till then OZ fans like me have to wait for some luck for the top 4 to click.They have the best bowling ,immaterial of what we saw in the first test, but need o rejig the batting

  • on February 25, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I´m not sure flying him backward and forward from India to Australia is going to help his back at all. I think the Aussies are only going to need one quick plus Henriques from here anyway. Better to have him right to go in June for the Ashes.

    Get Agar, O´Keefe and any other spin bowling allrounder you can over there. You don´t even need to be good, you just have to be a spinner!

  • venkatesh018 on February 25, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Why fly him back to Australia? Can't the scans be done here?

  • Thefakebook on February 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Goodness me now what happen to him he hasn't even played a game yet.To all the SO'K fans(me included by the way) do you really really think he will just come in as replacement and join the squad and play the very nexct match,come un guys secriously???? I mean like JI likes his BEER if you know what I mean.But that too may not happen as Bird might fly back and build a nest for the coming game.

  • Apocalypse_EX on February 25, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Best headline ever! Though why couldn't they just check him up anywhere in India? Medical facilities in India aren't that bad.

  • Scube on February 25, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Bird's scan results: No major concern, but requires 3 - 4 weeks of rest! As there is already a spare pace bowler in MJ, SOK leaves to India immediately to join the team in time for 2nd test! Anyway, I'd request Invereity & co to be more straight forward next time!

  • Dismayed on February 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    S.Okeefe to come in, please!Drop Cowan, Siddle and play Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clark, S.Smith, M.Henriques, M.Wade, S.Okeefe, Pattinson, Starc, Lyon. Or bring Bailey across to bat at 4/5.

  • bobagorof on February 25, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Send the physio with him. The number of injuries to fast bowlers is beyond the pale. Better send back Henriques, too. After one match he's sure to have an injury of some sort that will keep him out for weeks.

  • realfan on February 25, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    excellent headline.... i dint know there was a player by the name of JACKSN BIRD.... i thought article is related to the 1st test match.... but i was wrong....headline is just amazing....

  • tanweeralam on February 25, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    I am sure bird can fly of his own..

  • OmkarAApte on February 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    SUPERB TITLE..........Bird flies home..haha

  • bumsonseats on February 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    boehj just what i thought.maybe in some of the lesser town or areas, medical treatment may be abit sparse but the main areas in india i would have world class medical facilities. and as hes very tall 1st class seats would have to be taken money no object i suppose

  • meursault on February 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    This story is not only a headline writer's, but also an embarrassed selector's delight. They will surely send over another spinner in his place. Should probably be O'Keefe, but will most likely be Agar.

  • bala2311 on February 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I remember way back in 1961 when Indian batsmen Nari Contractor was hit by a ball from Griffith in West Indies on the head he was sent to Vellore near CHENNAI for brain surgery and he is still alive.The decision to send him here was taken by doctors in FLORIDA where he was flownn first!

  • Simoc on February 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    There is a chance in a million that Bird will be replaced with a spinner. Who would have thought? Okay only me but I'de prefer Oz to win. And not Sok; everyone but.

  • LillianThomson on February 25, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    If the selectors have any wisdom or integrity they will now acknowledge that a pace-based attack is a recipe for suicide and instead give O'Keefe the call-up he should have had in the first place.

    Drop Siddle, Starc and Hughes from this team and bring in Johnson, O'Keefe and Khawaja.

  • SurlyCynic on February 25, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    What a surprise. Aussie bowlers get injure opening a jar of vegemite.

    Just had a look at some of the test, that pitch reminds me of playing beach cricket.

  • MrGarreth on February 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    What a fantastic headline.

  • boehj on February 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    No scanning machines in India?

  • Webba84 on February 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Does cricket Aus really think nobody in India can check a sore back? What a sodding waste of a plane ticket, send Bird to one of the excellent hospitals in India and spend the extra money on a 'how to bat against spin' class for everyone else.

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  • Webba84 on February 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Does cricket Aus really think nobody in India can check a sore back? What a sodding waste of a plane ticket, send Bird to one of the excellent hospitals in India and spend the extra money on a 'how to bat against spin' class for everyone else.

  • boehj on February 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    No scanning machines in India?

  • MrGarreth on February 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    What a fantastic headline.

  • SurlyCynic on February 25, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    What a surprise. Aussie bowlers get injure opening a jar of vegemite.

    Just had a look at some of the test, that pitch reminds me of playing beach cricket.

  • LillianThomson on February 25, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    If the selectors have any wisdom or integrity they will now acknowledge that a pace-based attack is a recipe for suicide and instead give O'Keefe the call-up he should have had in the first place.

    Drop Siddle, Starc and Hughes from this team and bring in Johnson, O'Keefe and Khawaja.

  • Simoc on February 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    There is a chance in a million that Bird will be replaced with a spinner. Who would have thought? Okay only me but I'de prefer Oz to win. And not Sok; everyone but.

  • bala2311 on February 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I remember way back in 1961 when Indian batsmen Nari Contractor was hit by a ball from Griffith in West Indies on the head he was sent to Vellore near CHENNAI for brain surgery and he is still alive.The decision to send him here was taken by doctors in FLORIDA where he was flownn first!

  • meursault on February 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    This story is not only a headline writer's, but also an embarrassed selector's delight. They will surely send over another spinner in his place. Should probably be O'Keefe, but will most likely be Agar.

  • bumsonseats on February 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    boehj just what i thought.maybe in some of the lesser town or areas, medical treatment may be abit sparse but the main areas in india i would have world class medical facilities. and as hes very tall 1st class seats would have to be taken money no object i suppose

  • OmkarAApte on February 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    SUPERB TITLE..........Bird flies home..haha