In the last four months, we have seen two versions of same player, one that made him hero and other that showed him the exit door. Yes, we are talking about 30-year-old England batsman, Jonny Bairstow who, after having a resounding World Cup, failed miserably in Ashes 2019.
Bairstow’s World Cup 2019 ended prolifically as he scored 532 runs in 11 games with two centuries and two half-centuries. What was most important about his performance was he hit both the centuries in the games that were must-win for England. But his performance in the recent Ashes series has raised a question mark on his Test career.
Recently, England cricket board announced the Englishmen’s squad for the upcoming series with New Zealand and Jonny Bairstow has been left out of the team. So, is this the end of his Test career? MyTeam11 brings you to three reasons why Jonny Bairstow might not feature in England’s Test squad.
In the recently concluded Ashes series, Jonny Bairstow averaged just 23.77, something that was least expected from a player like his caliber. From Joe Denly to Jos Buttler, England team is blessed with some star players who can adjust themselves according to the situation. Young batsmen Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley get their first senior call ups alongside Ollie Pope who returns to the England squad. Besides this, a lot of players are there who are waiting for their chance so; this increased competition will hurt Jonny Bairstow chances to play again for England in Tests.
In Cricket, batting calls for one’s temperament to stand up and carry the day. It might vary from player to player but one common thing that all batsmen need to have a technique to play in different situations. Jonny Bairstow’s lack of patience and temperament in Ashes 2019 has become his biggest enemy. In the series, he failed to convert the starts because of his inability to defend the ball.
Day four of the fourth Test was the perfect opportunity for him to show his value for the England team. It was a passage of play where determination and flexibility were required, but Bairstow failed there too.
The stat count
Jonny Bairstow is 30-year-old, and till now he has played 69 Test matches amassing 4020 runs at an average of just 35, that is far behind his 50 over format stats. He is better player than his Test stats suggest but unfortunately in any sport a player is judged by his stats or recent form and at the present moment both the things are speaking against him. The team management might not consider him for the upcoming series. Now, Jonny Bairstow will have to wait for long to prove him.
So, cricket fans now is your turn to tell whether Jonny Bairstow will get a call in England Test squad in future? Share your views in the comment box.
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