Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Chad Sayers Replaces Jackson Bird For South Africa Tour

Chad Sayers Replaces Jackson Bird For South Africa Tour

But he will play no part whatsoever after picking up an injury during Tasmania's Sheffield Shield match with Queensland on Saturday - Bird bowling 15.1 overs in the second innings before leaving the field.

South Australia's Chadd Sayers has been named as the replacement for Bird for the 4-match Test series.

Sayers, 30, has yet to win a Test cap but will join the Australian squad for their four-Test series starting on March 1. I thought South Africa would have been flawless for my bowling with the conditions over there.

"He's very accurate, he knows what he's doing, he stands the seam up, if there's anything in the wicket he'll certainly get everything out of it, " he said.

"It's quite hard to take at the moment".

Interestingly, Chadd Sayers had shown displeasure in open when he was not selected in the Australian squad for the series.

"Unfortunately the interview occurred shortly after the team was announced and before he had the chance to speak to me", Hohns said. His last outing for the Australians in white too didn't fetch him a good result as he remained wicket-less in the boxing-day game during the Ashes.

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Australia captain Steve Smith admitted that he's happy to see Sayers back in the side, but added that the loss of Bird is a big blow.

"But it's exciting for Chadd at the same time".

"They both stand the seam up nicely and Chadd's been rewarded for what he has done in Shield cricket for the last couple of years".

"It's tough news for him (Bird)".

Upon further assessment of the injury, it was revealed that the 31-year-old will need two to three weeks of recovery period which effectively puts him out of contention for the South African tour that kicks-off with a warm-up game on 22nd February.

It was reported selector Trevor Hohns was concerned with Sayers' lack of pace, although his statistics proved otherwise, taking 246 first class wickets at an average of 23.56 in recent years. He's just a great guy to have on tour with you - a terrific team man.

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