WA Today – Chadd Sayers has firmed as Jackson Bird’s possible replacement for the tour of South Africa, with national coach Darren Lehmann endorsing the South Australian seamer as the “logical” man to replace Bird.

Summary

  • Chadd Sayers has firmed as Jackson Bird’s possible replacement for the tour of South Africa, with national coach Darren Lehmann endorsing the South Australian seamer as the “logical” man to replace Bird.
  • Sayers, 30, the leading wicket-taker in last summer’s Sheffield Shield, was controversially overlooked for the initial squad for the four-Test series, but Bird’s hamstring injury playing for Tasmania on the weekend has put Sayers back in the frame.
  • But Lehmann said Sayers, who is yet to win a baggy green despite being around the mark for two years, would make sense to fill Bird’s spot as a back-up seamer in the touring party.
  • The logical (replacement) is probably Chadd Sayers, but we’ll sit as a selection panel and work that out.
  • Sayers went wicketless at the weekend as the Redbacks lost to Victoria at Adelaide Oval.


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