After dedicating several years to Sydney’s Grade competition, Jackson Bird made a pivotal decision to head south to Tasmania in 2011, seeking enhanced opportunities at the state level. This move, as it turned out, was a game-changer. In his debut season, the right-arm fast-medium bowler made a remarkable impact by taking 53 wickets at an astonishing average of 16.00, a feat that rightfully earned him the title of Sheffield Shield Player of the Year.
Subsequently, Bird’s journey in international cricket commenced with his debut in the 2012 Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. In that memorable match, he showcased his skills by claiming four wickets. His impressive performance continued in the following week at the SCG, where he secured seven more scalps, and his efforts earned him the well-deserved title of the man of the match.
Known for his steady, fast-medium bowling style, which relies on precision and subtle seam movement, Bird played a role in Australia’s Ashes Tour in 2013. However, his promising career was briefly halted by a back injury.
Notably, Bird’s talents extend beyond the red ball. He has proven to be an accomplished performer in the Big Bash League, representing the Melbourne Stars.
In 2016, he received a recall to the national team during the tour of New Zealand, and he played a pivotal role in the second Test in Christchurch. During that match, he delivered a stellar performance, claiming 5-59 in the second innings and securing seven wickets in total as Australia clinched a resounding victory. His journey in cricket has been marked by his dedication and invaluable contributions to the sport.