Jackson Bird replaces James Pattinson for Bangladesh tour

  • Jackson Bird replaces James Pattinson for Bangladesh tour

Jackson Bird replaces James Pattinson for Bangladesh tour

Bird's last appearance for Australia came in the home series against Pakistan in December previous year.

Pattinson's setback follows Mitchell Starc's exclusion from the touring squad due to his recovery from a foot injury.

Australia will travel to Bangladesh on August 18 after a week-long preparation camp in Darwin and play a two-day practice match in Fatullah on August 22 and 23.

CA said the soreness is in a similar spot to where he has previously suffered stress fractures.

Later Saturday, a Cricket Australia spokesman said Pattinson had withdrawn with inflamation in his back and Bird had been called up as his replacement.

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

Swepson is the third frontline spinner in the side, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar also in the squad.

Australia have made a decision to go in with only four specialist pacers - James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. "Mitchell is a very exciting young legspinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the subcontinent".

Bangladesh cricket has been on the rise for the past couple of years and the apprehensive Australian side can not take this tour for granted.

Steve O'Keefe, the man who turned the tides against India in the Pune Test earlier this year, has been surprisingly omitted from the squad, which gives Mitchell Swepson a chance. They need to leave the remuneration dispute behind them and concentrate on the cricket to be played over the remainder of this season.

Replaced in the squad by Jackson Bird, Pattinson will return to full training in a month.