Jonny Bairstow insists he CAN be England’s No 3 for next winter’s Ashes tour of Australia… after batsman impressed with 94 runs in first ODI defeat against India on Tuesday
- Jonny Bairstow hit an impressive 94 off 66 balls in Tuesday’s ODI defeat to India
- The England batsman remains in good touch in the white-ball format of the game
- He struggled in the last two Test matches in India after returning from home
- Yet Bairstow has his eyes set in the long-term on playing in the Ashes next winter
Jonny Bairstow believes he is the right man to bat at No 3 in England’s Test team – and has insisted his experience will be crucial to their attempts to reclaim the Ashes this winter.
Bairstow thrashed 94 from 66 balls before Eoin Morgan’s side threw away Tuesday’s first one-day international in Pune, and remains in good touch in both the white-ball formats.
But following his struggles in the last two Tests in India, when he made three ducks in four innings, he has made a fresh plea to keep his red-ball spot ahead of the English summer.
Jonny Bairstow thrashed 94 from 66 balls in Tuesday’s first one-day international against India
Bairstow is in good touch in white-ball but still believes he has a part to play with the red ball
‘I’m very keen to do that,’ he said. ‘Obviously people would have spoken about the last two Tests here, but I scored runs prior to that in Sri Lanka.
‘Hopefully I do get more than four games there, because I’d gone home in between and despite those lower scores in the last couple of Tests, average-wise I was still OK. There wasn’t anyone in those last two games who exactly lit it up, was there?
‘A pink-ball Test match at a new venue where nobody scored any runs, and then in the last game there was an umpire’s-call decision that didn’t necessarily go my way. I’m happy with where my game’s at.’
Since making what seemed like a breakthrough century at No 3 in Colombo in November 2018, Bairstow has averaged below 20 in Test cricket, leaving him with an overall figure of 34 from 74 games.
The England batsman struggled in the last two Test matches in India after returning from home
But he has his sights set on a return to Australia, where two previous tours have brought him one century, at Perth, but no other score above 42.
‘With the experiences I’ve had over in Australia, I think going there with a wealth of experience gives you a better chance of having success,’ he said. ‘So yes, that is something I do want to pursue and hopefully I’ll be given that opportunity.’
England will make a late call on the fitness of captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Sam Billings ahead of Friday’s second ODI, after both picked up injuries in the series opener.
Meanwhile, Lancashire’s new Indian signing Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the last two games, plus the first half of the IPL, after dislocating his shoulder in the field on Tuesday.