England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has explained that he is eager to feature in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies.
Although Jos Buttler is currently England’s first-choice behind the stumps, Bairstow was named in the country’s 55-man training squad for the series against the Caribbeans.
The West Indies team have already landed in the UK for the three-match Test series, starting from July 8th at the Ageas Bowl.
The Wisden Trophy will see the resumption of international cricket matches after a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jonny Bairstow eager to reclaim his Test spot
Jonny Bairstow, who has played 70 Tests, scoring 4030 runs, expressed his eagerness to reclaim his spot in England’s Test squad against the Windies.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the camp, it’s going to be great. I’ve only played a few games this winter, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
Talking further on the matter, Bairstow said that he enjoyed the two-month break as he refreshed himself during the period.
“It has been an enjoyable break that I’ve been able to have because you’re able to reset and refresh, but I’m now really excited to be back in.”
Jonny Bairstow, who has played 77 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also maintained that he needs to score runs consistently to nail his spot in the playing XI.
“I need to get into camp, knuckle down and score the runs I need to score to hopefully be on that team sheet.”
Jonny Bairstow further emphasized that the Test matches are going to be intense even with no crowds in attendance.
“Of course it’s still going to be as intense. I don’t think you’ll be able to take the intensity away; you’ve got two teams that are wanting to win. “After such a layoff of cricket, there’s going to be two teams excited about the prospect of getting back out onto the field.
“It’s going to be exactly the same; there’s still going to be the internal drivers driving all of the players, rather than getting it from the crowd or anything like that.”