When an ODI team is at its absolute peak, the team management often has a clear problem – the problem of plenty! That has precisely been England’s case since the last few months. Their ODI side has been in absolutely great form, as the likes of Jason Roy, Alex Hales, and Jos Buttler have simply changed the outlook of a once dull side, into a more energetic and prosperous outfit.
Currently, England are so overloaded with talent, that a destructive batsman like Jonny Bairstow had no choice but to warm the benches. In the fourth ODI against Pakistan, Bairstow played a match winning knock, as his half-century guided England through a tricky run chase. Bairstow however, only got the chance to play when Jos Buttler was injured prior to the toss.
“Every time I get an opportunity I want to try to impress, and that’s all I can do. Opportunities at the moment are a bit few and far between. You’ve just got to take it on the chin, crack on and hope you take the opportunity when it does come along,” the hard-hitting batsman said after the fourth ODI at Leeds.
He mentioned that sitting out on the sidelines in the last few ODI’s was rather frustrating for him. “It’s a special group of players, and we believe we can go a long way in world competitions and series,” he said. “But naturally, I’m frustrated not to be in that XI week in week out.”
Bairstow added that selection wasn’t in his hands, but he would give his absolute best. “I don’t really get a choice, do I? It’s the decision they make,” Bairstow said. “It’s beyond my pay grade, selection and who bats where.”I’ll be desperately disappointed. But that’s me as a person, the will to play for England in any format going. When you’re left out of the side, it’s not very nice – and when you get in, you want to assess that opportunity and take it by the nuts and crack on.”