Bairstow is ready to do whatever it takes to regain his spot on the Test team
With the score level at 1-1 and only two Tests left to play, England batsman Jonny Bairstow has announced that it would mean the world to him if he managed to be included in the national team for at least one of the remaining Tests against India.
However, Bairstow knows that earning a spot will not be easy since all of the regulars in the team seem to be in the form of their lives at the moment, except for Jonathan Trott, who, to the surprise of many cricket pundits and fans, has struggled to come to terms with the conditions in India.
The Daily Star quoted Bairstow as saying: “You want to be one of the eleven guys who pulls on the shirt and represents England. But if at the end of the day the balance of the side means you miss out, then so be it. You keep working hard and if you’re not selected, spend the Test in the nets.”
But, Bairstow noted that he would keep pleading his case even if he is not selected for the third Test in Kolkata.
“I’d be pleased if I did get the call but the balance of the team is the most important thing,” Bairstow said. “Samit is in good form, which is brilliant. Morgy is as well, so I wouldn’t like to be in the position of the people above, I wouldn’t say I’d feel hard done by because the team comes first. If it’s right for someone else to get picked in front of you for the sake of the team then so be it. There’s masses of competition in that middle order but there’s only eleven people who can play.
“So you hope scoring a weight of runs in the warm-ups means you’re pushing for a place in that side. I can only score as many runs as I can, work as hard as I can in the nets and do everything in my power to put my case forward for that final selection.”