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England batsman Jonny Bairstow has admitted that he felt gutted after not being included in the national team for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
Bairstow, who represented England during their 5-0 whitewashing in the recent Ashes, assumed the role of wicketkeeper as well after Matt Prior was dropped due to a lack of form.
“It’s disappointing not to get selected but that’s the nature of professional sport. I’m here at Yorkshire and happy playing as many games as I can,” Bairstow told Sky Sports. I’ve just got to go out and score as many runs as I can. Of course it hurts – everyone wants to play for their country. It’s hurting deep down inside. But with the schedule as it is, I’ve just got to get on with it and play the next game.”
Bairstow also revealed that he was told he would be left out of the squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
“There was a conversation and there will be a couple more coming up,” he said. “That will be just how we can go forward and hopefully how I can get back in the mix.
“It was just a case of playing as much cricket as I can. Obviously in Australia I only played the last couple of games.
“So it’s important for me to get out there, keeping wicket and scoring runs, doing what I’ve been doing for the last four years. That’s what’s really exciting for me, playing with guys I’ve grown up with at Yorkshire.”
Bairstow also doesn’t believe that the national selectors have included Prior in the squad solely based on his experience.
“I’m not too sure about that – the guys that are coming in have obviously plied their trade at county level and scored a lot of runs,” he said. “Those, with Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, it’s a mixture of youth and experience. It’s an exciting time for English cricket.”
The 24-year-old was also excited about his Yorkshire team-mate, Liam Plunkett, getting his first Test call-up after seven years.
“He’s bowling rockets – good, good pace and very hostile as well,” Bairstow said. “He’s not being afraid to come around the wicket at batsman and it’s made people uncomfortable.
“He’s bowling well and he’s in good form. We wish him all the best and hopefully he gets the nods to play Sri Lanka.”