‘After a rest, I’ll be raring to go’: Jonny Bairstow ahead of India-England series


England batsman Jonny Bairstow admits it’s “tricky” to miss the primary two Tests towards India subsequent month however says there isn’t a different slot to take a break and he’ll be “raring to go” when he comes again to the facet later within the tour.

Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood have been rested by the nationwide selectors for the primary two Tests starting in Chennai on February 5, a choice which was criticised by former England skippers Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen.

The England tour of India contains 4 Tests, 5 T20Is, and three ODIs.

“If they hadn’t given me the break now, then when? It’s the way of the world at the moment. There’s no one who plays all three formats who is doing the whole tour,” Bairstow was quoted as saying by ‘Evening Standard’.

“It’s tricky. It’s a huge summer and winter and sadly you can’t do everything. You do need to get out of the bubble and see your loved ones,” he stated.

“After a rest, I’ll be raring to go in India.”

Coming again to the England Test set-up, Bairstow scored 139 runs at a mean of 46 within the two Tests in Sri Lanka and was concerned in two of England’s three stands of greater than 100.

“I’ve absolutely loved being back. I was a bit emotional yesterday being back in the dressing room when you’ve won a series reaffirms why you keep doing it and never give up. It’s special,” stated the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.

“I’d have liked to get a big score but I’m really happy with how I’ve played having not played a huge amount of red ball cricket for a little while, to come back in and spend the amount of time at the crease and contribute the way I have is really pleasing.”

Bairstow had earned a Test recall for the Sri Lanka series, having final performed for England within the Boxing Day match towards South Africa in Cape Town in 2019.

“It was frustrating because I wanted to prove that I could play red-ball cricket, which I hold so dearly. My aspirations are to play Test cricket for as long as possible,” stated Bairstow, who has scored 4169 runs in 72 Tests at 35.03.

“I attempted to play in between bubbles nevertheless it’s exhausting to correctly get your tooth caught into it, as a result of going and taking part in a sport for Yorkshire shouldn’t be the identical as a Test series, with a lead-in to get your sport and mindset so as.

“People won’t have seen the technical side of things that’s gone on during this series, it’s been a lot more spin dominant. But in the few bits of pace they bowled, there is a considerable difference to my setup. That’s something I’ll be going forward with.”


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