England Can Handle the Number One Tag Against Australia: Jonny Bairstow

Published - 12 Jun 2018, 05:03 PM | Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 12:35 AM

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England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow believes his national team can handle the pressure of being No.1 ranked side against Australia.

Three Lions will lock horns with their arch-rivals Australia in a five-match One-day International series at home. However, a couple of days ago, England was stunned by Scotland by six runs.

Meanwhile, England had adopted an aggressive approach to get themselves to the top of the ICC’s ODI rankings.

The England players have expressed themselves on the field. Thus, they have reaped rich fruits for their hard work in the limited-overs form.

Jonny Bairstow. Credits: Twitter.

England has achieved great success in the limited overs form:

Jonny added the loss to Scotland is a part and parcel of the game. The right-handed batter went on to add that Scotland would be delighted after their win irrespective of England’s number one ranking.

“It’s part and parcel of the game. You get to number one and people are going to want to beat you, but you want to be number one in the world. We set our stall out to be number one in the world and that’s where we are, whether we were number one in this game or not, Scotland would still be delighted to win, it’s not just because we are number one,” Bairstow said as quoted by AFP.

Meanwhile, England had thrashed Australia in latter’s own backyard by 4-1, earlier this year.

However, Jonny Bairstow believes Australian side will come out hard as players are fighting for their place in the playing XI.

Jonny Bairstow
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“It’s a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing. It’s a team that has a lot of new guys in, without Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Warner, Smith, so there are guys wanting to compete for places and we know just how dangerous that can be when people are pushing for a permanent place.”

England will square off with the Kangaroos in the first One-Dayer on Wednesday at Kennington Oval in London.

Moreover, both teams will also play a solitary Twenty20 International match after the culmination of 50-overs series.

England will take on India after the series against Australia.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Credits: ECB)

Meanwhile, Ashton Agar added England is a dangerous side. The southpaw all-rounder said that it is good for them that England lost their match against Scotland.

“It’s great England didn’t win (on Sunday) because you always like to start with a win. At the end, England didn’t really finish the job. They’re a really dangerous side, though, and you can’t ever take a side like that lightly. We need to bring our A-game and be ready to go,” Agar said.


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