Ashes 2017/18: England have Got Depth in Batting – Jonny Bairstow
English cricket is in crisis ahead of the upcoming Ashes series especially after the Ben Stokes scandal that happened earlier this week.
There are a lot of doubts over the England team’s performance in the Ashes against Australia away without their star all-rounder. However, England had managed to clinch the ODI series emphatically, as they won the duel with a comprehensive 4-0 series win.
Ben Stokes’ arrest became the major headline despite their win with him getting dismissed from national team until further notice. The Durham all-rounder is very important to the team going into the Ashes, as he could be a valuable fourth seamer and a vital middle-order batsman, with a lot of doubts cast on numerous batting positions.
But Jonny Bairstow, who managed an impressive 141 not out in the final ODI against Windies believes that they are still a strong batting side.
“I’m pretty pleased,” he said. “It’s nice to finish a long summer with some runs and head into the winter with confidence. You wait a long time for a first hundred, and when it comes, you want to capitalise.”
“If the selection doesn’t go your way, you have to bide your time and take the chance when it comes,” added England’s Test wicketkeeper, who appears to have finally secured a regular role in the One-Day side.
The wicketkeeper-batsman believes there are very good batters for the lower-order. Moeen Ali will arguably be the pick as the southpaw is in incredible form at the moment.
“If you actually look at it there’s 50 first-class hundreds at six, seven, eight and nine so I don’t know if you’re classing that as weak,” he said.
“Do please let me know another side in the world that’s got 50 first-class hundreds in those three or four batting positions. That’s been a strength of ours over a period and will continue to be.
“We’re very fortunate to have all-rounders in those positions, whether that be in one-day cricket, T20 cricket or Test cricket.”
England board decided to recall the likes of James Vince and Gary Ballance, who did not convince in their previous opportunities. But Bairstow said it is up to the players to quickly get used to the team environment.
“It takes a period for people to bed into an environment, to bed into a team, to bed into a role and learns a role,” he said, stressing the difficulty of stepping up from county to international cricket.
“We do need to learn quickly because we’ve got a huge series on the horizon,” he added. “It’s something that is going to be tough, but at the same time we’re ready for the challenges that are ahead.”
England will leave for Australia in late October and will play the first Test match of the Ashes on November 23 at Gabba, Brisbane.
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