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Jonny Bairstow has expressed his desire to be included in England’s playing XI during the Champions Trophy in June.
Bairstow gave the national selectors a lot to think about after he hammered an unbeaten 72 off 44 balls in England’s 85-run win over Ireland at Lord’s on Sunday.
Bairstow’s contribution with the bat towards the end of the innings helped England clinch the series 2-0.
Having shown what he is capable of with the bat, Bairstow is now determined to cement his place in the team and hopes to accomplish this at the Champions Trophy.
“It’s something I’ve been targeting (the Champions Trophy); I want to be a part of every England side going forward,” he told Sky Sports. “We have a heck of a lot of talent in the group, but if I put in the performances then who knows? The rest is completely above me.”
Bairstow also admitted that it was a bitter pill to swallow when he was forced to hand over the keeping gloves to Sam Billings in ODIs, especially as he is England’s go-to wicketkeeper in Test cricket.
“It’s something I’ve worked very hard on, and when I have kept in the ODIs I’d like to think I’ve done pretty well,” he said. “It was obviously desperately disappointing but when selection is made it is what it is, and that’s how you move forward.
“It’s a case of taking the opportunity if it arises. There are two ways of looking at it. When I was left out of the Test side, you either go back to Yorkshire and you hide or stand up and try and take it forward.”