Melbourne, Feb.11: Former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has welcomed Jackson Bird’s inclusion in the national squad after a gap of almost three years for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, saying that he is most suited man to face green monsters.  Harris admitted that Bird is an extremely good player and that he would play well in the New Zealand’s conditions, News.com.au reported. Also Read - In Strong Repulse to China, India Invites Australia, Forms 'Quad' Alliance in Malabar Naval Drill | What to Expect

Harris, who believes that Bird deserved a call-up as he had waited for so long, said that the 29-year-old would take over his previous mantle as the swing master of the Australian attack.  He further said that the team would be benefited from Bird’s inclusion as he could attack as well as defend. (Also Read: World T20: Kevin Pietersen’s axe triggers controversy; Eoin Morgan says ‘door shut on him’) Also Read - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Wins Second Term in Landslide Election Victory

Earlier, James Pattinson’s failure to prove his fitness paved way for Bird in the squad, who last appeared for his country during the Ashes series in 2013.  Australia, which suffered a 1-2 defeat in the three-match ODI series, will now aim to bounce back when they take on New Zealand in the two-match Test series, starting at Basin Reserve in Wellington from Friday. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'Surface Doesn't Matter', Mahela Jayawardene Won't Change Mumbai Indians' Pace-Heavy Bowling Attack