Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)

England cricketer Jonny Bairstow hopes to continue scoring runs for England in Tests and be out there on the crease for a longer time. Bairstow, who was struggling to come up with a big score in Test since the last two years, smashed a half-century in the ongoing India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s. The wicket-keeper batsman also managed a crucial 121-run partnership with Joe Root, which helped England to managed earn a 27-run lead over India in the 1st innings.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has struggled to get his inclusion in the England Test side, being on and off the playing XI. Ahead of the Lord’s Test, he last scored a half-century two years ago during The Ashes 2019. Jonny Bairstow’s batting position and wicketkeeper role in Tests has also not been consistent.

In the Sri Lanka Test series earlier this year, he batted at no.3. However, after facing three ducks in 4 innings in the away Test series against India in March 2021, Jonny Bairstow was excluded from the Test side.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)

If You’re Playing And Scoring Runs You Will Be In The Side, Says Jonny Bairstow

While speaking about his inclusion in the Test squad, Jonny Bairstow said that one will be part of the team if he is scoring runs while playing.

“You want to be playing, and if you’re playing and scoring runs you will be in the side. I think it depends on how the balance of the side works. There are different balances and different looks we can go for. You have got to be mindful of that naturally,” the 31-year-old said.

“But first and foremost, I want to remain in the mindset I’m in, remain with the method and technique I’ve implemented, hopefully continue to score runs and be out there for longer periods of time,” the wicketkeeper-batsman added.  

Mohammed Siraj Dismisses Jonny Bairstow During Lord's Test
Mohammed Siraj Dismisses Jonny Bairstow During Lord’s Test (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow scored 57 runs in the 1st innings at Lord’s Test but failed to convert his knock into a big score. On a short-pitch delivery by Mohammed Siraj, he mistimed a shot that ended straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at slips.

Speaking about his dismissal, he said, “I’d have liked to have gone on, but it was one of those things. The pitch is slightly two-paced, a few flying through to the keeper and a few that were dying. When you’re trying to duck and weave, it can get tricky.

“It caught the glove today. On another day it might have gone over the slip cordon, or you might get a bottom edge for one. But if they’re going short, then that means you’re doing something right with your defence.”

Joe Root
Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter)

Batting first in the 2nd Test, India put up 364-10 on the scoreboard with a spectacular century by KL Rahul (129). In response, England scored 391 runs with an impeccable knock of unbeaten 180 runs by Joe Root. With a 27-run lead, England managed to go past India’s 1st innings score. James Anderson’s five-wicket haul played a huge role for England in restricting India to a less score after a great start.

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