The Bird and the Lyon


No it’s not the name of a pub, well actually it probably is. No it’s not a fable, well possibly. It’s the delightfully named bowling duo that the Australian selectors have decided to separate because ‘The Bird’ (As the Ozzy fans sat behind me at Durham a few years ago shouted every other delivery!) can’t bat. We’ve come a long way since the days I was growing up (The ’90s) if the Ozzies are picking their bowlers based on their batting ability.

Australia take on South Africa in the first Test in Perth starting tomorrow with BT Sport making their cricket debut. They’ll be looking to get in some net practice and get their eye in ahead of next winter’s Ashes when the viewing figures should go up a little.

Just incase you’re worried that the outfield looks a little rough, don’t worry, the image above wasn’t actually taken at the WACA!

Whilst we’re at it, here are a few more international cricketers with animal names:

Aaron Finch (Australia)

Greg Lamb (Zimbabwe)

Shaun Pollock (South Africa)