Ashes 2013: Jackson Bird and DRS win plaudits from Nasser Hussain
Jackson Bird's 'beauty' to dismiss Alastair Cook justified his surprise selection, said Nasser Hussain.
By Nasser Hussain
Last Updated: 09/08/13 9:18pm
The Tasmanian quick was called up to replace Mitchell Starc, who found himself dropped from the Australia starting XI for the second time in this series, and returned figures of 1-58 from his 21 overs on his Ashes debut.
Whilst his stats are seemingly unremarkable, Hussain credited the 26-year-old for his seamless transition into the team - and for delivering the jaffa which left England skipper Cook (51) plumb in front, which preceded England's crumble to 238-9.
"He was impressive," former England captain Hussain told Sky Sports. "It's not easy coming in halfway through a series, especially when the other seamers haven't let Michael Clarke down.
"It was quite a leftfield selection, really. Mitchell Starc has done pretty well in the series so far but he's played, been left out, played again and been left out. It's almost like Australia are rotating their bowlers.
"But this was very much horses for courses. A lot of the England fans thought they should pick Graham Onions and Bird is a similar type of bowler, a line bowler, pitching the ball up.
"I felt he just put it there early on but as he got into his day he actually bowled the ball and the one for Cook was an absolute beauty.
"It came back a long, long way, almost like it must have hit a crack."
Whilst there was no doubt about Cook's LBW, Australia profited from the Decision Review System working throughout day one as it should.
Much of the build-up to the fourth Test discussed the failures of Hot Spot and misinterpretations from the Third Umpire in the previous contest at Old Trafford but, in Durham, the technology amended and supported the on-field decisions correctly.
Hussain was pleased DRS hadn't stolen the show from the players at Chester-le-Street and was quick to applaud the system and the benefits it can bring to the game.
"DRS has been in the nets, it's had a good long look at itself and it's had a good day," laughed Hussain.
"It's the sort of thing when it's having a shocker you mention a lot but when it's having a good day you don't - so I'm pleased to give it a mention.
"Joe Root should have been given out on the field because there was a big noise there but was given not out and Hot Spot showed he'd hit it, Jonathan Trott's dismissal also showed Hot Spot, which has had a bad couple of weeks, is working pretty well, while with Matt Prior Hawkeye showed the ball was clearly hitting the stumps. Both Hot Spot and DRS have had a fantastic day."
Meanwhile, Andrew Strauss told Sky Sports he hoped that everyone could now move on from the technology debate and focus on the battles between the players on the field.
"There's been too much debate about it and it's detracted from the cricket to a certain extent," added Strauss.
"That's not what we want. In Ashes series we want to be talking about the players and their shots and dismissals. It's good to see it's had a good day and that's the way it's worked for the last couple of years.
"We've had a bit of an aberration for a couple of weeks - let's get back to talking about the important stuff."
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