Oz quick Bird says Auckland draw against Kiwis exposed England's Achilles' heel

Sydney, Mar 31 (ANI): Australian quick Jackson Bird has claimed England's hard-fought draw against New Zealand in the Auckland Test has exposed their Ashes rival's weak spot.

New Zealand, the perennial underdogs of international cricket, fell one agonising wicket short of securing a historic home Test series victory over England during the week and Bird, who was sent home early from Australia's disastrous tour of India due to stress fractures in his back, took notes, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Bird said it made for interesting viewing, adding he thinks New Zealand has quite a good bowling attack at the moment and they showed that even good batsmen like the English if you can bowl good areas for long enough you'll get rewards.'

Bird said the Australian pace battery realised they loomed as captain Michael Clarke's strike weapons and adding weight to that belief was the calibre of players vying for berths with James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Bird, Pat Cummins, NSW rookie Gurinder Sandhu, Josh Hazlewood and Ben Cutting among the contenders.

Bird added the strength of the Australian team at the moment is the fast bowlers and the competition for spots is very good.

Bird further said he thinks England, where the conditions are more fast-bowler friendly, will suit their game plan a lot better than India did, adding he has no doubt their fast bowlers will play a major role over there. (ANI)

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