We’re telling ourself this as much as anyone else. It’s the first thing we think whenever we see his name. Maybe stating the thought in a post title will finally purge it, allowing us to concentrate on other things.
We’re guessing that Jackson Bird is going to play the fourth Test. After James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc have revealed themselves to be good but inferior to sliced bread, Bird is the latest young Aussie quick bowler to be hyped up. He’s played a couple of Tests and has taken 11 wickets, but his first-class record is striking – 107 wickets at 19.99.
Is that average due to the fact that he’s been bowling to batsmen who are inferior to Phil Hughes and Steve Smith or is there something there? Chester-le-Street will give us a chance to have a bit more of a look at him. We will then make no firm conclusions either way, regardless of what he does. That’s the way we roll.