England middle-order batsman Jonny Bairstow is ready to bat up the order for the visiting side if under investigation would not be available for the Three Lions in the upcoming Magellan Ashes 2017-18.
During English summer Bairstow was batting at number seven position particularly in the Test format apart from his occasional appearances at the number five position, is looking to make most out of his promotion subjected to Stokes’ verdict.
“I batted at five earlier on this summer in Tests so it’s not something that would faze me too much because that’s something I’ve done for Yorkshire since I came into the side,” Bairstow was quoted as saying by Yorkshire Post.
Owing to the good temperament, Bairstow revealed the number six position wouldn’t bother him, as he has been batting for the first-class side Yorkshire while being at his best with the willow.
Bairstow further reiterated it is up to the skipper Joe Root and head coach Trevor Bayliss – to decide about his promotion which further depends on the demanding situation for the visiting side England.
“Wherever Joe (Root) and Trevor (Bayliss) want me to bat, that can only be a good thing for the side. As long as I’m in the side then I’m not too fussed,” Bairstow remarked.
The 28-year-old Bradford-born Bairstow is excited to participate in the much-awaited Test series which is just a month away and will eventually kick-start from November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane.
“It’s going to be a fantastic series. It’s something that if you don’t look forward to it and you’re not excited about it then you’ve already lost the battle,” Bairstow asserted.
Pertinently, Stokes, who is facing the alleged charges of bodily harm after thrashing a 27-year-old Ryan Hale in the Bristol Street near one of the nightclubs soon after England won the third One-day international against Windies-led by Jason Holder.
Bairstow alongside his teammates will fly on October 28 to Australia and the second Test, as the day-and-night fixture is scheduled in December.
“It’s an exciting time; everyone speaks about it, not just in England, not just in Australia but all around the world,” Bairstow maintained.
The Durham-star was also arrested in September before the investigation was paced-up by Avon and Somerset police as his case is bound to receive the verdict in the last week of September.
The 26-year-old Stokes, who earlier was named in the squad, was banned until further notice from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) which further saw the Cricket and Discipline Committee tightening the noose over the prominent figure like Stokes in England’s national fold.
“We know that we’re not just playing against 11 guys on the field, we’re playing against a whole nation, but at the same time if you play well you earn the respect of that nation,” Bairstow concluded.
In 2013-14 Ashes series, Australia humiliated tourists 5-0.
The right-handed batsman Bairstow, who has played a significant role for his national side, has featured in 45 Tests in which he amassed 2,824 runs at an average of 39.77.