Australia have no specific plans for Misbah - Jackson Bird

Australia have no specific plans for Misbah - Jackson Bird
Jackson Bird dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq on both occasions in Brisbane
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Australian speedster Jackson Bird revealed that he does not have any specific plan to target Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after his success against the veteran batsman in the recently concluded Brisbane Test.

In both the innings of the first Test, Bird had the better of Misbah, who has been a vital cog in Pakistan's batting line-up.

On both the occasions, Bird tempted Misbah outside off which he nicked behind the stumps but the 30-year-old insisted that he did not plan specifically for the opponent skipper.

"He [Misbah] is the captain of their side. He is probably someone, who everyone looks upto. His records are outstanding.

I wouldn't say he is someone who we are targeting but it is always nice to tick it up over the skipper of the opposition. "

The second innings of the first Test saw Australia bowling attack stretched by Asad Shafiq and the lower order.

The pace bowlers along with Nathan Lyon bowled 142 overs between them creating doubt on their fitness for the second game in Melbourne but Bird is confident that the bowlers can pull off once again.

"It probably would take a bit of the workload off us if we did have Hilton as a fifth bowling option, but I think us three quicks and Nathan Lyon have been doing a good job," Bird said.

"We've won the last two Test matches and I'm not sure why they'd change that.

"But that's completely up to the selectors."

Australia will head into the second game with a 1-0 lead after winning the first game in Brisbane by 39 runs.

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