Former England captain, Michael Vaughan opines that we might have seen the last of Jonny Bairstow in the Test side after his horrific series against India comes to a conclusion as the hosts win the series 3-1 and reach the final of the World Test Championship.
Bairstow, who was rested from the first two Tests in the series after playing two Tests in Sri Lanka, scored 28 runs in 4 innings; his best score was 28 – getting out for a duck in three out of four innings. His last score of 50 plus came in the 2019 home Ashes, and he notched his last Test century way back in November 2018.
While Bairstow is now a regular feature in England’s limited-overs eleven, however, the Yorkshire batsman has been in and out of the Test team as Jos Buttler has cemented himself as the first-choice keeper-batsman.
I can’t see Jonny Bairstow batting at three in England: Michael Vaughan
And with now Ben Foakes showing brilliant temperamental work in front and behind the stumps, also with the emergence of the likes of Dan Lawrence and Zak Crawley, Michael Vaughan reckons Bairstow’s Test career is done and is unlikely to play against Australia later in the year.
“Jonny Bairstow is gone from this Test team. I can’t see him batting at three in England this summer or in Australia this winter. I don’t think there are really many positives to take from this tour,” Michael Vaughan was quoted as saying by ‘Express’.
“The only ones are that Joe Root, James Anderson and Ben Stokes remain up there among the best players in the world. Jack Leach has enhanced his reputation a bit as well,” he added.
The Test series against India should have been the priority for England over white-ball games: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan, 46, laments on the rest and rotate policy of the ECB – England rested some key players like Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali against India, but they will be back for the T20I series. Vaughan asserts that the management should have chosen their best eleven for a high-profile series such as the one against India and rested players in limited-overs matches.
“These four games should have been the pinnacle and the priority for England in this part of the year, not the white-ball game. There have been tight moments in all three of the Tests that India have won, but India have managed to take back control of the match very quickly in all three – often in the space of an hour,” the former skipper further added.