England star Jonny Bairstow has admitted it is “tricky” to miss the first two Tests against India in the upcoming four-match series. England will play four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs against India from next month. The much-anticipated series will kickstart the full-fledged series. Keeping in mind the long tour and a busy year ahead, England have rested several key players for the first two Tests.
Along with Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have been rested too, a decision which was criticised by former England skippers Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen. Jonny Bairstow, however, understands the reason behind the decision as he said there was no other slot to take a break. The right-handed batsman also said he will be “raring to go” when he comes back to the side later in the tour.
“If they hadn’t given me the break now, then when? It’s the way of the world at the moment. There’s no one who plays all three formats who is doing the whole tour,” Jonny Bairstow was quoted as saying by Evening Standard.
“It’s tricky. It’s a huge summer and winter and sadly you can’t do everything. You do need to get out of the bubble and see your loved ones. After a rest, I’ll be raring to go in India,” he added.
Jonny Bairstow was recently recalled to England’s Test side and he made his comeback to the longest format during the recently-concluded two-match series in Sri Lanka. He had last played a Test during the Boxing Day game against South Africa in 2019. The middle-order batsman made the most of the opportunity by scoring 139 runs at an average of 46, helping England clean sweep the two-match series.
“I’ve absolutely loved being back. I was a bit emotional yesterday being back in the dressing room when you’ve won a series reaffirms why you keep doing it and never give up. It’s special,” said the 31-year-old.
“I’d have liked to get a big score but I’m really happy with how I’ve played having not played a huge amount of red ball cricket for a little while, to come back in and spend the amount of time at the crease and contribute the way I have is really pleasing. It was frustrating because I wanted to prove that I could play red-ball cricket, which I hold so dearly. My aspirations are to play Test cricket for as long as possible,” he added.