Bird confident about Oz to regain Ashes success

Updated: Jun 22, 2013, 09:32 AM IST

Sydney: Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird has said that he is confident that Australia will attain success in their second attempt in England in the Ashes with lessons learnt from last year`s tour.

Bird and Ryan Harris made their return to bowling from long injury lay-offs in Australia A`s three-day match against Gloucestershire on Friday as the race for positions in the Ashes attack heats up.

Bird was a part of the Australia A squad which went to UK in 2012 for a tour designed at giving players on the periphery a taste of English conditions.

Admitting that he got overly excited by the reputation of England being a paradise for swing bowling, Bird said that it was too late before he realised that he was trying too hard, although he is confident that Australia can see the advantages of a lesson learned.

Stating that he can be a beneficiary to Australia`s attempts this time with his experience of last year`s tour, Bird, who has made a careful comeback from a back problem he suffered in India earlier this year, said that he was more worried about the movement, trying to swing the ball getting the sideways movement at the same time, during 2012`s UK tour.

According to Bird, he learned quickly that a bowler needed to be very strict on his line and length, adding that he tends to swing the ball if he puts it in the right way.

Stating that the injury suffered in India was disappointing in the sense that it was the first time he has broken down in six years, Bird further said that he was happy that his injury gave him enough time to get over some other niggles and still be available for the Ashes.

A the entire Australian fast bowling attack minus Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner tours with Australia A, Bird also said that the camaraderie and belief has grown amongst a group who fancy themselves against England`s experienced top order.