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Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has revealed that his dream when it comes to the longest format is to represent England in 100 Test matches.
Bairstow, who is currently in Australia for the Ashes, has featured in 45 Tests to date, but he could push that number to 50 if he plays in all five Tests against the Baggy Greens.
While Bairstow knows that reaching the triple-figure mark in Tests will be no easy feat, he still reflected on the possibility of reaching the milestone.
“It seems to have gone blooming quick,” Bairstow, who is referring to the 45 Tests he has played, told Sky Sports. “If I reach that milestone it will be a special, special day. The family will be out – and it’s part of the journey, isn’t it?
“If you look too far ahead you can come unstuck. Everyone wants to play 100 Tests and reach that milestone, and I hope it’s a stepping stone.
“It’s a dream to play 100 Tests, (but) I’m not saying that is what I’m going to do – because you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Bairstow once again reiterated that Ben Stokes will be missed during the Ashes, but the 28-year-old added that there is enough talent in the side to plug the massive hole left by the all-rounder.
Stokes was withdrawn from England’s Ashes squad as he waits to hear whether he will be charged with actual bodily harm following his involvement in an alleged street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol.
“You take Ben out and yes, there’s a hole in the batting and the bowling, but at the same time you’ve still got a core group of all-rounders in there that can change games and score a lot of runs,” Bairstow said. “It allows the balance of the side still to be there.”