Jonny Bairstow  is all set to keep wickets for England in the first test against South Africa, starting on the 26th of December. Bairstow has been duly rewarded for his excellent batting form and his dependable keeping skills. Bairstow’s elevation as the wicketkeeper comes ahead of regular wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who struggled against Pakistan in the Test series.

“There’s always healthy competition,” Bairstow said. “Jos has played some fantastic stuff in one-day cricket and Test cricket so the competition for places is there but that will drive us on to become better players and better people. “You can never take anything for granted,” he added. “Every spot within the side has got to be treasured and every opportunity you get you’ve got to try and take. So from game to game you’re always wanting to do as well as you can and get a run.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to secure that spot. I’ve only kept in three Test matches, but it’s an exciting time for me personally. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and with that comes to lot of responsibility,” said Bairstow.

On being compared with South Africa’s wicketkeeper AB De Villiers, Bairstow said, “You want to do as well as you can against the best that you can.” “Obviously comparing yourself to someone like AB is going to be a fantastic challenge and if you do come out being the better of the wicketkeeper-batsmen then I will have had a very good tour. “Having the confidence of the captain and coach going into the warm-up games and hopefully the first Test allows you to be relaxed and enjoy yourself,” he added. “That’s when I play my best cricket and hopefully, I’ll be able to do that not only in the warm-up games but going into the series.”