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The Investec Ashes 2013

Australia left with ifs and buts

Jul 29, 2013: The tour match at Hove wasn't enough to identify a definitive Australia XI for Old Trafford. A few individual performances stood out, as did the catching, which was dreadful

Brydon Coverdale in Hove

Sussex v Australians, Tour match, Hove, 2nd day

Bird's numbers proving hard to ignore

Jul 27, 2013: Jackson Bird just keeps taking wickets. Eleven at 16.18 in his only two Tests. Nine at 24.00 for Australia A and the Australians in England this yea

Brydon Coverdale in Hove

Sussex v Australians, Tour match, Hove, 2nd day

Taylor and Bird make Test auditions

Jul 27, 2013: If the second day in Hove was a Test audition, Jackson Bird and James Taylor would be expecting call-backs

Brydon Coverdale in Hove

A schoolboy curse?

Jul 26, 2013: From Donald Bradman to Michael Clarke, state school graduates have dominated the ranks of Australian Test teams. What are private schools doing wrong?

Steve Cannane

The Investec Ashes 2013

Ashes attacks: Dizzy and the Dazzler weigh in

Jul 6, 2013: Jason Gillespie and Darren Gough run the rule over England's and Australia's fast bowling

Nagraj Gollapudi and Andrew McGlashan

Worcestershire v Australians, New Road, 2nd day

Bird makes his case after Compton's fight

Jul 3, 2013: Nick Compton continued his good form against the Australians with 79 for Worcestershire before Jackson Bird's telling spell late in the day stated his claim for a Test place

Daniel Brettig at New Road

Gloucestershire v Australia A, Bristol, 1st day

Bird charts Ashes bowling blueprint

Jun 22, 2013: Miserly on his return to action for Australia A following the back injury that curtailed his India tour, Jackson Bird has outlined the tourists' Ashes bowling blueprint

Daniel Brettig in Bristol

Australia news

Ashes contenders miss out on CA contracts

Apr 3, 2013: Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Jackson Bird and Moises Henriques, all potential Ashes tourists, have been omitted from Australia's list of centrally contracted players

Daniel Brettig

Australia in India 2012-13

Bird out of India series with back injury

Feb 27, 2013: The fast bowler Jackson Bird will not rejoin Australia's squad in India after scans in Melbourne confirmed he has a bone stress injury in his back

Brydon Coverdale

Australia in India 2012-13

Bird flies home with back pain

Feb 25, 2013: The fast bowler Jackson Bird will fly home from Australia's tour of India to have precautionary scans on his back

Brydon Coverdale

Australia in India 2012-13

Doherty, Henriques in Test squad for India

Jan 31, 2013: Australia have confirmed a 17-man squad for their upcoming four-Test tour of India with the allrounders Moises Henriques and Glenn Maxwell the only two uncapped members of the group

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 1st day

Clarke, Johnson brought back to earth

Jan 3, 2013: Apart from the admirably persistent Jackson Bird, Australia's first Test match day of 2013 was far from auspicious

Daniel Brettig at the SCG

Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney

Thirimanne pushes Sri Lanka to 294

Jan 3, 2013: Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka to a total of 294 when they were dismissed late on the first day in Sydney

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

SL Tests offer Australia clues to tackling future challenges

Dec 28, 2012: So far this series has taught Australia several lessons - some useful, some less relevant - which they will do well to remember when the challenges of the India tour and the Ashes roll around

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Johnson, the scene-stealer

Dec 28, 2012: Mitchell Johnson is enjoying his time as Australia's stand-in Test bowler, sans the pressures of being their pace spearhead

Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Damned if they rest, damned if they don't

Dec 26, 2012: Can sports science be relied upon to foresee an injury? Who knows. But at the rate Australia's fast bowlers have fallen in recent times, something had to be tried

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 1st day

Johnson and friends make it Australia's day

Dec 26, 2012: Kumar Sangakkara became the second Sri Lankan to reach the 10,000-run milestone in Tests but there was little else for Sri Lanka to celebrate on their first Boxing Day at the MCG since 1995

The Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Bird to make Boxing Day debut

Dec 24, 2012: Jackson Bird will become Australia's 431st Test cricketer on Boxing Day against Sri Lanka after the coach Mickey Arthur confirmed the left-armer Mitchell Starc would be rested

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Bird hopes for more Melbourne success

Dec 19, 2012: If Mitchell Johnson was a horses-for-courses selection against South Africa at the WACA, Jackson Bird must be a dead cert for Boxing Day at the MCG

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Bird, Khawaja in squad for Boxing Day Test

Dec 18, 2012: Jackson Bird, the Tasmania fast bowler, could make his Test debut at the MCG on Boxing Day after being included in Australia's squad as a replacement for the injured Ben Hilfenhaus

ESPNcricinfo staff
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