Jackson Bird’s Hampshire backing

Jackson Bird.  Picture: Neil Marshall
Jackson Bird. Picture: Neil Marshall
Tom Alsop. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Jackson Bird has tipped his Hampshire team-mates to stay up without him.

The Australian returns home after completing his stint as overseas player and will be replaced by South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren, who arrives on September 1 for the trip to Durham and the remainder of the season.

Bird picked up two important wickets in the second Warwickshire innings – especially Rikki Clarke early on the final day.

And he is confident Hampshire can maintain a late surge to climb out of trouble.

He said: ‘They are more than capable of staying up without me here.

‘It would be good to see the boys stay up. We have struggled a bit in the middle part of the year but we have certainly got the players.

‘I think we are coming back into it more now.

‘We dominated this game and hopefully we can take that momentum into the next few games now.

‘Mason (Crane) and Fidel (Edwards) took wickets in this game, but someone like James Tomlinson will come in and do his role.

‘It will allow Fidel to do what he does best and attack one end.

‘I feel like this game is the best I have bowled since I’ve been here so it’s a bit disappointing to go home.

‘I am bowling how I want to bowl now.

‘It was frustrating at the start for me as you never want to get injured.

‘I thought I’ve bowled well at times but I’ve had some inconsistent games.

Bird, who is on the fringe of the Australia squad admits he would be tempted to return to the Ageas Bowl next season.

He said: ‘I’d love to have the opportunity to play for Hampshire again next year.

‘I’m not sure what the story is yet but I’d love to play county cricket again.

‘I thought the standard was really good.

‘There are lots of good players in every team but in division one, there are lots of international players who have had Test experience.

‘It’s a good challenge, I’ve had a great time over here and really enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, Hampshire have been awarded a victory at Glamorgan for the recent abandoned Royal London One-Day Cup clash.

The game ended prematurely when the Cardiff pitch was deemed as dangerous as Hampshire looked on course for victory.

Glamorgan have been fined and had two points deducted and Hampshire have been awarded an extra point, which cements third place in the group B table.