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Bird creates a new Tasmanian record

08 November 2019

Sixers seamer Jackson Bird passed the record for the most wickets taken by a Tasmanian in the Marsh Sheffield Shield during round three of the competition.

Bird moved to 264 wickets from 54 Shield games courtesy of 7-100 for the match in a six-wicket Tasmanian win over Victoria. He passed former Australian Test seamer Ben Hilfenhaus who claimed 262 Shield scalps for Tasmania during 68 First Class matches.

A transfer of the form with which Bird has started the Sheffield Shield season, could mean a very successful return in magenta for the experienced seamer this summer.

Bird, who recently became a Dad for the first time, is equal second leading wicket taker after three rounds of the Shield with 15 wickets from just two matches at the impressive average of 15.3.

He sits equal second with Queensland paceman Michael Neser, and three behind another quick from the Sunshine State, Cameron Gannon.

Both have played one extra match than Bird. The Sixers seamer missed round two due to the birth of his first child.

Bird returns to the Sixers this season after just the one season away, playing for the Melbourne Stars, with whom he started his BBL career.

This season will be his fourth Big Bash campaign in magenta. Bird has taken 40 career wickets, in 47 matches, across the eight seasons of the BBL to date.

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