Australia will embark on an important tour to South Africa next week. Just when all things looked settled for the men in yellow, they have been hit back by an injury scare.
Test quick Jackson Bird has suffered a hamstring strain less than one week before Australia are due to depart for the Qantas Tour of South Africa.
Bird was playing for Tasmania on day two of their JLT Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland at the Gabba when he was forced from the field with the hamstring concern.
The right-armer didn’t take the field on day three of the clash on Saturday and a CA spokesman confirmed he was due to undergo scans on Saturday afternoon.
Bird is one of five quicks included in Australia’s 15-player squad for the four-Test series in South Africa, alongside spearheads Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and the uncapped Jhye Richardson.
Australia and South Africa are slated to play four-match Test series, beginning from March 1 at Kingsmead in Durban.
Australia's tour of South Africa schedule
22 - 24
3-day warm-up match
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
01 - 05
09 - 13
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
22 - 26
Newlands, Cape Town
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg