Ashes 2017/18: Jonny Bairstow Confident about England’s Success
England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow who is currently in Australia to play the much-awaited Ashes series starting later this month feels the whole team is excited and looking forward to the fiercest rivalry in Test cricket.
Bairstow will also look to improve his statistics, as he couldn’t make a mark when he visited Australia last time as a young batsman. Bairstow hopes to earn respect, as a team from all over the world for fronting up and playing good cricket.
“It is completely different to the last series in Australia, both personally and as a team. If you look back to the last Ashes tour, I hadn’t even kept wicket for a full county season and all of a sudden I was keeping in a Boxing Day Test match in front of 92,500 people,” Bairstow cited the reasons why this tour is different from the previous one.
“It was a totally different tour and a completely different group going on it, a different environment with people at different stages of their careers, I’m at a different stage of my career and, as I alluded to earlier, it is a great place to go and tour,” he further added.
Talking about his experience, the 28-year-old cricketer stated that it’s hard to predict how the pitch will show up. Different surfaces will shape up differently according to the heat conditions and the pink ball with act differently in Australia, as compared to the pitches in England.
Talking about media coverage’s, Bairstow admitted he didn’t read newspapers during the last tour. He further added with so much hype in and around the Ashes series; it’s a personal decision whether you want to read or listen to it or not. Being able to switch on and off is an important characteristic to perform in a high profile series like this, he admitted.
“What will help is that we had a very good summer and finished it off really, really well. The lads have played really nicely, we’ve won two Test series, and we go into the Ashes with confidence but, at the same time, we’re not going in with ideas above our stations. We’re excited about the challenge, and we are thoroughly looking forward to what will hopefully be a successful tour for us,” a confident Bairstow signed off.
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