Bird in 12-man Australia squad for 4th test
DURHAM, England (AP) — Fast bowler Jackson Bird has been included in a 12-man Australia squad for the fourth Ashes test beginning Friday at Chester-le-Street.
Returning from injury, Bird is the only addition to the team which drew the third test at Old Trafford in Manchester after rain washed out the final day with Australia in a strong position.
The draw allowed England to retain the Ashes after the hosts won the first two tests.
Bird returned home early from the tour of India with stress fractures in his back and has not played since.
Australia will decide on its starting XI before the toss Friday.
Australia squad: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.