Jackson Bird included in Australian squad for Boxing Day Test

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Melbourne: Pacer Jackson Bird is set to make his debut for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka beginning Wednesday.

As part of the rotation policy, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has been rested from the second Test while captain Michael Clarke’s name was included despite concerns over his fitness.

"He brings line and length," Australian coach Mickey Arthur was quoted as saying by a news agency on Monday.

"He brings pressure, he swings the ball out, he brings some nice pace, he`s got all the attributes for a good quick bowler," he said.

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Matt Wade, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Usman Khawaja.

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