Test snub left Bird baffled

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Jackson Bird hopes to be judged on his bowling and not his batting as he looks to kick-start his Test career in the third encounter between Australia and South Africa.

The seamer was left out of Australia's squad ahead of the three-match series with the Proteas because former chief selector Rod Marsh believed his batting was not strong enough.

Despite taking 21 wickets in his five Test appearances at 25.28 it was Bird's average of 14 with the bat that proved his downfall - a decision that left him baffled.

With Australia having already lost the series 2-0 with one game to play, the 29-year-old was recalled for the final Test in Adelaide and he hopes to get a chance to impress.

"I was pretty disappointed to miss out on the first squad but pretty happy to be here now, it is always good to be around the Australian team," he said. 

"It's great fun to play for Australia so hopefully I will get the chance to play another Test match.

"I was a little bit confused [at being dropped because of his batting], but I suppose that is something you've got to take on the chin.

"I spoke to George Bailey about it and we both thought the communication was probably not the right sort of info, but it is what it is I guess. 

"I was happy to answer pretty well with the top score next week [in Sheffield Shield cricket for Tasmania]. I hope from now on I am only judged on my bowling."

While Australia have come in for a fair amount of criticism for their performances in the series, Bird believes there is plenty to be positive about.

"It is an exciting time for our team, a bit of a rebuilding phase," he added. "The guys have been banging the door down and are ready for the jump up to Test cricket this week. 

"A lot of guys know each other quite well. We play a lot of cricket with each other, whether it's Big Bash or Shield cricket, so it doesn't take too long to gel."