Bird replaces injured Pattinson in Australia Test squad

Jackson Bird last featured for Australia in December last year
Jackson Bird last featured for Australia in December last year
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The injury prone Victorian fast bowler James Pattinson has suffered another setback with inflammation in his back that has ruled him out of Australia's upcoming Test tour of Bangladesh.

Pattinson, whose career was stalled with a series of injuries, last played for the Baggy Green team in February 2016. His impressive performances for Nottinghamshire earned him a recall in Australia's Champions Trophy squad but he did not feature in any of the games.

According to a report in Cricket Australia's official website, it is understood that the 27-year-old has been withdrawn from the series as a precautionary measure to give him more time to be fit for Ashes series later this year. Pattinson picked a total of 32 wickets in five County Championship matches for Nottinghamshire.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian fast bowler Jackson Bird has been announced as a replacement for Pattinson in the 14-man squad.

Bird's last appearance for Australia came in the home series against Pakistan in December last year. Even though, he was part of the squad that featured in the series against India, the 30-year-old failed to be part of any of the four Tests.

The news on Pattinson comes after the selectors added leg spinner Mitchell Swepson to the squad. Australia will play a two day tour game on 22nd and 23rd August in Fatullah before locking horns in a two match Test series against Bangladesh.

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